Volunteer, 79, Served Hurting Homeowners in New York

August 31, 2018 • United States
Shirley Reith was one of nearly 150 volunteers who served in Seneca County, New York.

Shirley Reith has volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief 11 times since 2016, her most recent response in the aftermath of flooding in Seneca County, New York.

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When Shirley Reith’s husband died of cancer, she thought life was over for her, too.

“I was just waiting for the years to pass and for me to pass as well,” she said. “I thought God was done with me.”

Life changed two years ago when God called Shirley, who is 79 years old, to get involved with Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief.

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Shirley recently volunteered in Seneca County, New York, after heavy rainfall triggered flash floods. She was among more than 140 volunteers who served 60 homeowners in Jesus’ Name. We praise God for the three individuals who came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior during this response.

Although Shirley never thought she would serve in disaster relief at her age, God has used her obedience to bless people in need and strengthen the faith of others. She said she has no plans of slowing down her ministry for the Lord.

“I would like to keep doing these responses as long as the door is open. God is never finished with us.”

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U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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