Parking Lot Clinic Provides Healing and Hope in Flooded North Carolina Town

Week of CompassionWhen the river rose in Kinston, NC, flooding bridges and roads, it split the town. On one side of the river, the hospital; on the other side, hundreds of families affected by the post-hurricane Matthew floods. Emergency management contacted Southwood Memorial Christian Church as a possible host site for emergency personnel in the areas cut off from the hospital. Immediately, Rev. Andrew Shue and the leadership of the congregation opened the church to house dozens of EMTs, National Guard members, and other first responders. With support from Week of Compassion, SMCC is feeding volunteers three meals a day and providing support to their local community.

Their parking lot became the location for a mobile emergency clinic. “It’s certainly busy, but it is worth it,” says Rev. Shue. “Just the other day, a young boy, maybe four years old, was resuscitated in the parking lot clinic. That makes it all worth it.”

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Rev. Tracy Parker

Tracy Parker joined First Christian Church staff on June 1, 2010 after graduating from Lexington Theological Seminary in May of 2010 with a Master of Divinity degree. She serves our church as Associate Minister with primary responsibilities in ministries for and with children and youth. Tracy is a certified Children Worship & Wonder Storyteller Trainer and has a passion for this program, having been a storyteller for the past 10 years. Tracy has served churches in London, Ky and Lexington, Ky prior to joining the ministries at First Christian. Her goals in ministry are to help others grow in faith; grow in fellowship with one another and grow in service to the church, community and world. The scripture which guides her life and ministries is Romans 8: 31-39.