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Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Full Gospel Church of Island Park Assembly of God hosted Samaritan’s Purse Teams for nearly two years during cleanup and rebuild. During the week of

November 5th - 11th, 2017, a group of 8 from our church traveled to Key West, Florida to help survivors of Hurricane Irma experience the healing power God.

During the week the Team worked on several homes tearing out drywall, removing debris, shoveling sand, moving large items with a backhoe, basically, helping the homeowners to slowly get back to normal life.

But during one of the home projects, the couple that owned the home were reserved and surprised that people, from Long Island New York, would come all the way to their street to work in their home. As each day progressed they softened and were so grateful for these "angels" as they called them, who labored with love and the Spirit of Christ also encouraging them through the loss of their son. Our Team was blessed to lead this couple to the Lord and they accepted the gift of Salvation in Jesus Christ. The week after our Team returned, the homeowners sent a heartfelt email stating that they will be forever changed by the mercy and love that they received from our Team.

We give glory to God for the "Restoration" that is taking place in Key West, Florida but more so, the "Restoration" that took place in the hearts of these sweet homeowners 1,500 miles away. Although Hurricane Irma changed life as they knew it, we know that their spiritual life has changed forever!

2 Corinthians 5:17

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" NIV

Key West, FL Samaritans Purse Cleanup Team November 2017

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