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Churches form bond after hurricane they hope can continue to help others

The main worship area was spared, keeping at least something for the congregation to be joyful for as repairs are being made. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

It's a story of a church helping another church, going as far to recruit members from across the country.

Now, the hope is that help can be spread to others in need.

The basement of Swansboro United Methodist Church flooded, water was rushing down the walls and everything was a big mess after Hurricane Florence hit. The main worship area was spared, keeping at least something for the congregation to be joyful for as repairs are being made.

Dodson said his church formed a strong relationship with One Harbor Church in Morehead City after the storm and as that church was rebuilt. Now, One Harbor is sharing its out-of-state relief workers with United Methodist.

"We realized that One Harbor's worship space was damaged, so we invited One Harbor to worship here," Dodson said.

A group from Minnesota noticed Swansboro United Methodist was putting their own needs last, so much so that it gave Dodson the idea of how to help. Dodson hopes they can house the teams for the next couple of years to help rebuild the entire area. His church moved its Sunday School classrooms from the basement, making way for the new mission.

"Our heart is to be able to help United Methodist Church however we can," said Doug Tyler, Executive Pastor at One Harbor. "We didn't realize when we were here but they actually suffered a big loss too."

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