Nathan Adams did not blink an eye as he explained the Miami Church of Christ's efforts to ease the burden of flood victims.
“It is the Christian thing to do,” he said as he blotted his brow and diverted a bead of sweat rolling across his temple. “We believe as Christians that it is our responsibility to help people in need … it is appropriate.”
As of Friday, the local congregation had logged more than $165,000 worth of water, food boxes, personal care items, cleaning supplies, dressers, tables and chairs and bedding.
All the items have been purchased, boxed and wrapped by volunteers of the Church of Christ's Disaster Relief Organization based out of Nashville, Tenn. It is supported by cash donations from members nationwide and hundreds of volunteers.
Sometime this week, another truck is expected to bring a load of new appliances to Miami.
On Monday, the church will open its doors from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily and dispurse relief items to area flood victims.
Additionally, church volunteers will be offering applications to those in need of appliances.
Church members, teens and adults, gathered at the church's new fellowship hall, unloaded a tractor-trailer and stacked the items into the facility that now looks like a warehouse.
“This building is truly a blessing,” one member said as 6,720 bottles of water were stacked beside her.
The metal building, designed for youth activities and fellowship events, was completed only weeks before the second-largest flood of record forced hundreds of Miami residents from their homes.
“If we did not have this building, we would not be able to do this,” Adams said.
Adams said the effort of his congregation is truly an outreach as only one member was displaced from their home.
“The Bible tells us to do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord,” Adams said. “That is what we are doing.”