Camp Kinard hosts over 40 people due to Hurricane Matthew evacuations

By Elliot Cox, South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers

As Hurricane Matthew came closer to the South Carolina coastline and evacuees were looking for a place to go, the South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers opened its doors at Camp Kinard and invited anyone still needing lodging to take shelter there. Shortly after the announcement, nearly 40 people had taken up the offer and were soon safe from harm’s way.

Here are just some of the kind words we received after folks stayed with us over the weekend:

“We thank you on behalf of [our family] for helping us in this time of need. At the exact moment, God put you in our path when we didn’t have a place to go.”

“There [are] not words to express our appreciation. I just wanted to say thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for opening your hearts to help us in this tough time. God bless you!”

The South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers was also blessed that Hurricane Matthew did little damage to Coastal Retreat on the Isle of Palms, and that repairs needed to the main facility and residence were minimal. We give thanks to God for the miracles that occurred both at Coastal Retreat and at Camp Kinard and appreciate your prayers and concerns during the past few weeks.

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