On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the Buncombe Street UMC staff participated in a “Missions Day.” First, the staff visited Homes of Hope and was taken on a tour of some of its beautiful new neighborhoods in downtown Greenville. After that, they joined Les Pritchard and K.C. Carter of Emmanuel’s Hammer at the home of Laura Dobbins.
Laura is a hairdresser who has been cutting BSUMC member Fred Bachert’s hair for 20 years. When Fred learned of her increasingly pressing housing needs, he put her in touch with Emmanuel’s Hammer. The BSUMC staff was blessed with a gorgeous fall day on which to work, and they thoroughly enjoyed their time in fellowship with one another and with Laura and her two sweet dogs.
The following week, Fred Bachert sent this letter:
Last week, a report was received documenting the arrival of “A Band of Angels” in Taylors, South Carolina.
Laura Dobbins had just lost her mother after a long battle with cancer. She wasn’t surprised by her mother’s death, but no one loses a mother without pain.
A week later she was ruminating about her deteriorating property and her hope for Emmanuel’s Hammer to build a new house for her. The cold weather was coming and her mobile home needed considerable repair. It was not a good situation.
Then to her surprise, two church buses with the church staff and the two leaders of Emmanuel’s Hammer showed up in her driveway. Sixteen people armed with rakes, hammers, chain saws, and ready smiles showed up and went immediately to work. There was music in their steps and radiant beauty in their smiles and supportive attitudes. Laura was literally overcome with gratitude and smiled for the first time in a week. She told me that Buncombe Street sure had a bunch of really nice people.
Laura is a strong believing Christian. She knew that this was God’s doing. God had sent her a Band of Angels.