The “Flood of Love” event, held on September 13 at the Rocky Mount Event Center, was an event designed to share God’s love with the Rocky Mount and Twin Counties area while bringing awareness to the ongoing need for disaster response and recovery. “Flood of Love” was sponsored by First UMC in Rocky Mount.
Bob Goff, noted Christian author and speaker, was guest speaker for the event. Attendees heard Goff’s unique blend of scripture, stories from the Bible, and humorous anecdotes from his personal experiences. First UMC’s praise band helped get the evening started with music.
Organizers were also working to raise money for the Youth Storm Fund, an initiative spearheaded by the Conference Council on Youth Ministries and championed by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Offerings received via text and collection at the event totaled $3,826.00. That money will be given to the Youth Storm Fund, where it will be matched.
Rev. Jim Bell, lead pastor at First UMC, shared with the congregation that he was “pleased with the outstanding quality of the event” and that the church had “received feedback from many attendees to were encouraged, inspired, and challenged to love their neighbor.” Rev. Matt Seaton, associate pastor at First UMC, echoed that sentiment, stating that he felt that the event was “successful in that it moved us to grow in love with God and neighbor.”
Disaster Ministries is grateful to First UMC – Rocky Mount for their support of the community and the work of recovery in eastern North Carolina and beyond.