As students arrived for class at Faith Christian School on Monday,
March 23, the subject of Fargo and flooding could not be avoided. Several students approached Kay Miller, the school administrator, with
an article from the Internet about the Fargo flooding and the desire to
As students arrived for class at Faith Christian School on Monday, March 23, the subject of Fargo and flooding could not be avoided.
Several students approached Kay Miller, the school administrator, with an article from the Internet about the Fargo flooding and the desire to help.
Nate Johnson, one of the high school teachers, facilitated that desire to help others in need by helping the students put a plan into action. Parents were called, special permission forms were made, arrangements for a substitute teacher were made for Johnson, contact was made with a Fargo resident and transportation was arranged all between 1-3 p.m. that day.
Johnson left the school around 3 p.m. to go home and get the needed supplies (gloves, warm clothes, etc.) so they could depart for Fargo at 6 p.m.
The group arrived in Fargo around 9:30 that night. They helped with sandbagging from 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Johnson estimates that they helped fill roughly four to five thousand sandbags at the Fargodome. After a few hours of sleep, they left Fargo that Tuesday around noon to return.
Miller was at school Tuesday afternoon when they were dropped off to get their own vehicles to go home. She saw that they were obviously dirty and too tired to talk at that time. But, she said, “They were a blessed sight; they had once more put feet and hands to their faith. These students have Bible class every day and learn about the impact Christianity should have on their lives as they reach out to others. This was an example of reality Christianity in action.”
Miller spoke to the students later and they shared some of their thoughts.
The volunteer students were impressed with the huge need that they saw. They were also amazed at the number of people helping, people working together…the people that kept coming throughout the night.
One student stated that there were 200-300 people at the Fargodome at three in the morning. As a result of all of those volunteers, 500,000 sandbags were made instead of the 300,000 that was expected.
“It was a great opportunity for our students to learn that helping people in Jesus’ name is never wasted energy, no matter what happens to the Red River,” Miller said.