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Happy Church Hosts Camp for Flood Survivors

Jun 20, 2023

In July 2022 eastern Kentucky was hit with a devastating flood. The Happy Church in Jackson, Ky., was impacted by the flood, but continued to minister to their community. Read more about the early efforts to restore the church here.

When recently asked how things were going, Pastor Mike Tabor said, “We are doing really well. The family is well and the church is not just recovering, but thriving.”

Last week the church hosted a camp for children who were impacted by the flooding. The day before the camp began the church completed installation of two new playgrounds, which turned out to be a favorite activity for many of the campers. In a recent post Mike said, “A special thanks to Centerville Grace Church teen group, our supporters, Kentucky Emergency Management, and FEMA for the funds and labor assistance needed to pull this off. We are starting to see the fruits of steadfastness grow and ripen with seven baptisms and a bunch of happy children.”

The free, week-long Camp Noah focuses on the importance of resilience and hope through creative activities and play, and is designed specifically for children who have experienced disaster.

“The goal this week is kind of to build resilience and preparedness in our youth. The idea is that you are not alone, you are a survivor. You’ve been through this, now let’s know what we need to do to be prepared for the next time,” said Jamie Mullins-Smith, Co-Chair of the Breathitt County Long-term Recovery Team. “They came here together in one place because they were all impacted by the flood, but we all have resiliencies and things that make us unique, and we want to focus on that.”

Information for this story came from Eastern Kentucky’s local news channel, WYMT. See the original story here.