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Friday, March 19, 2010

Help Us to Help Each Other, Lord

Help us to help each other, Lord,
each other’s cross to bear;
Let each his friendly aid afford,
and feel his brother’s care.

In our country we value a rugged individualism and we emphasize things like independence, self-reliance and personal hard work. But that isn’t always enough. Natural disasters prove bigger than the effort of any single individual.

But in the Fargo / Moorhead area the community understands the importance of a shared and collaborative effort. Volunteers from every section of the community have come together to protect the city from the rising flood waters of the Red River and to serve the needs of the community.

Since March 1st The Salvation Army has recorded over 1,820 hours of service in response to the flood – from its officers, employees, and numerous volunteers. They have served over 12,000 meals, 18,000 beverages and 16, 500 snacks to sandbag crews, city employees, fire-fighters, law-enforcement officers and National Guard crews.

This massive effort of this Army is motivated by a love for God and a love for humanity, serving sandwiches and a cup of cold water or hot coffee in Jesus’ name. “Practical concern for the men and women of Fargo and Moorhead and the surrounding communities is the mission and sacrament of the Salvation Army” said Captain Bill Mealy, the Commanding Officer of the Fargo corps. “Serving others is an expression of our worship of God and our love for our brothers and sisters.”

Help us to build each other up,
our little stock improve;
increase our faith, confirm our hope,
and perfect us in love.
     Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)

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