American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

FBC Clendenin Thanks ABCOPAD


We often hear the phrase that we, as the Church, are “the hands and feet of Christ”, but there is nothing more blessed to our Heavenly Father than to see that lived out in the lives of His children. Last year, following the flooding devastation that impacted our brothers and sisters in West Virginia, we were able to respond by providing not only a financial gift, but also ‘sweat equity’ in the form of a number of mission teams that reached out to those in need.

ABCOPAD presented a check for $10,000 to the West Virginia Baptist Convention last fall for flood relief with $1000 each going to the churches in Rainelle and Clendenin, where ABCOPAD work teams have served. The monies we shared with our sister region came from the proceeds realized from the sale of a closed church in our region.

We recently received a letter of thanks from the Senior Pastor of the Clendenin congregation….we just had to share it with you, since it really is addressed to all of us as a regional family. May it bless your heart as it has blessed ours.

Dr. Frischkorn,

On behalf of all the members of the First Baptist Church of Clendenin, WV, I want to thank the churches of ABCOPAD for the generous gift of $1,000 that was presented at the 2016 Annual Gathering of the West Virginia Baptist Convention. It was most unexpected but greatly welcomed. We were able to use those funds to help in the rebuilding and restoration of our church facilities that were extensively damaged in what is being referred to as the "Thousand Year Flood" which took place last June 23'd.

It has now been just over a year since those flood waters ravaged our small community. I am pleased to report that our church is now about 90% back in "working order." With the assistance of so many outside groups who sacrificially gave up their time, energy, and both material and financial resources, we are beginning our fall church schedule with all our ministries fully operational! And, throughout the recovery period post-flood, our church was able to provide vital ministry to residents of our small town: first, as a relief center that provided needed household, construction, and food items; later we partnered with a mission out of Charleston, WV which used our Family Life Center/ Activity Building as a distribution center for donated building materials. It was an encouraging witness to God that our church never missed a step in providing blessings to all people, even in the midst of water-soaked debris and rubble.

Please continue to keep both our church and the Clendenin community in your prayers. According to experts familiar with post-flood recovery, it's been indicated that it may take anywhere from five to seven years before a sense of normalcy returns. With many buildings declared uninhabitable due to either flood damage or being now located in newly revised flood-plain areas, demolition crews are changing the structural landscape on a weekly basis. It can become so easy for people to resign themselves to a future filled with hopelessness, prompting the people of First Baptist Church to continue to introduce all to the only source of sustained hope - Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 

Once again, many thanks for the financial support in recovering from the flood. Having been a member of an ABCOPAD church when responding to the call to pastoral ministry (North Hills Community Baptist Church of Pittsburgh), I have many fond memories and great appreciation for the entire region's churches do for the glory of God.

May God continue to bless and enrich your service and ministry.

Rev. Joe Seese
FBC, Clendenin, West Virginia