NewsOct 12, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the massive category 4 storm that shredded the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday afternoon, church leaders and volunteers in nearby Pensacola were among some of the first forces with boots on the ground to assess needs, help residents who chose not to evacuate, and begin the recovery process with debris removal.
Pastor Buford Lipscomb leads Liberty Network International, a Pensacola-based network of ministries and churches. Lipscomb tapped several other pastors in the Panhandle who gathered to provide fast relief to storm-ravaged communities.
In an interview with CBN News Lipscomb said, "we believe it's our local people and the body of Christ that can get there before the government does and can make a difference."
According to Lipscomb, a number of men in local churches have experience with hurricane relief and the ability to reach the most devastated areas quickly: "We have a lot of men that are going just to clear roads and clear trees off of houses. People are still trapped in their homes."
Being just 90 minutes from some of the areas which sustained the most damage, Pensacola has turned into a staging city for several ministry organizations and humanitarians groups, Lipscomb added. "We were spared a lot so we're trying to act as a coordinating, staging area for a lot of organizations."
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