Last evening we went to a meeting with Eight Days of Hope. This is a group of Christians who come together to work for disaster relief, across the country. This is the ninth time that Eight Days of Hope has done a project. The first project was after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. This time they're in Pamlico County to help home-owners who lost everything in Hurricane Irene last August.
here's their website. They had 1600 people sign up for this project, coming from 43 U.S. states and other countries too. Then, they had 250 additional people just show up. The volunteers pay their own travel expenses, and pay a fee to come that covers their housing and food. It's a huge sacrifice of time, money, work and life, all to show the love of Jesus. There were Catholics, Freewill Baptists, Mennonites, and every other stripe of Christian, all worshiping together.
They're staying at a YMCA kids' camp -- Camp Seafarer. Camps Seafarer and Seagull are gorgeous places along the Neuse River with huge facilities. They introduce their campers to water sports, among other things. Philip and Julia inspected the campers' boats: