And for twenty-one days, that is what the Disaster Relief Mobile Feeding Kitchen tried to be. On Wednesday, October 28, the Mobile Feeding Kitchen completed a twenty-one day deployment to Kingstree, South Carolina. During those three weeks, the Kitchen served well over 15,000 meals and our volunteers committed to long hours in order to serve families trying to recover from the flooding in South Carolina.
As I have tried to emphasize over the last few weeks, IPHC Ministries stepped up in a great way financially, enabling DRUSA to remain in the field to serve meals to those in need as well as to work closely with the Williamsburg County Emergency Services. Once all the bills have been submitted, we are estimating that this will have been a $30,000 to $35,000 deployment. I had the privilege to share our story to the IPHC Council of Bishops in Norman, Oklahoma of Wednesday October 28 and informed them that that I am confident the funds will come in from across the church to meet this need.
Whenever we respond to a crisis, there are so many individuals that participate to make everything work. I am afraid that if I listed some, I might miss others. So, to all of our cooking teams, volunteers, financial supporters, intercessors, Williamsburg County staff, as well as local businesses and churches, thank you so much for making it happen!
While we had a tremendous opportunity to serve a local community, I have to say that one of the highlights from this deployment was receiving a visit from the governor of South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley. On Monday, October 26, Governor Haley came to the area to see some of the areas affected by the flooding. While in the area, the governor stopped by the Mobile Feeding Kitchen to express her appreciation and took a little time to personally thank all of the Kitchen volunteers that were present for their service to Williamsburg County and the surrounding areas.
It is going to take a long time for residents in this area to recover from all of the damage that resulted from the flooding. Disaster Relief USA played a small role in being able to touch many families with the love and care of Jesus Christ during our three-week stay. To God be all the glory!