Snowhill Drive resident Woody Robinson got the keys to his newly-renovated home on Thursday, with a framed sign that said “Paid in Full”.
“I’m so thankful. There are no words,” Robinson said, as Samaritan’s Purse officially dedicated his home after renovating it at no cost after Hurricane Florence.
Samaritan’s Purse workers gathered at Robinson’s home to welcome him back, with a journal full of encouraging words by the people who worked on his house, a Bible, and a prayer shawl made by members of Timberlake Baptist Church.
“[For you] It’s been nine months of waiting, worrying, and sleeping in other people’s homes,” said Bill Carrell, who headed up the Samaritan’s Purse crew working on the flood-damaged home.
Woody Robinson said earlier in July that it was a miracle how he came to have Samaritan’s Purse fixing his Conway home after Hurricane Florence.
In the last four years, Robinson has lost his mother, sister, and aunt, and lives in his Conway childhood home on his own.
After the hurricane last fall, his crawlspace flooded and eight inches of water inundated his home.
Robinson wasn’t sure how in the world he was going to fix it. He had been staying with friends in Myrtle Beach for months since his home’s air conditioning unit was flooded out as well.
A few months ago, as he drove to work, he saw a Samaritan’s Purse group fixing a home a few blocks away with few guys sitting outside having lunch. The group included Carrell and Frank Antes, both employees with the international relief group.
“I’m in a hole,” Robinson said. “I had to stop and ask. I’ll never forget that day.”
Robinson said they told him that if he filled out an application and was approved, they would be glad to help him.
Carrell, who is from Colorado but is living in the area for a year to work with the organization, said he never told anyone this, but he prayed that day that God would let him fix Robinson’s home.
Carrell’s prayer was answered, as Robinson received approval and Samaritan’s Purse is fixing his home free of charge.
Antes, who is the project superintendent for North American Ministries for Samaritan’s Purse, said they are working on at least six other projects in Horry County.
A new crew arrives each week, he said, and Robinson said he was impressed that most of them are from other states. Some have come from as far as Michigan and Indiana.
Antes said working with Samaritan’s Purse is a chance to give back.
“Jesus went to the cross for us – we can turn around and help someone else,” Antes said.
According to their website, Samaritan’s Purse is “a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through Jesus Christ.”