The day Laurie Hurdle came across a flipped van in a ditch near the road, she knew just what to do, thanks to her years in nursing and her Disaster Relief chaplaincy training. After calling for emergency services, Hurdle cut the driver’s seatbelt and helped him calm down.
“I told him I do these things because Jesus loves me, and Jesus protected him for a reason,” Hurdle said. “He seemed genuinely pleased when I asked him if I could pray.”
Hurdle and her husband, Charlie, serve as Disaster Relief coordinators for Vermont. In the last decade, she has been involved in at least ten local and national disaster relief efforts in locations from New Hampshire to Louisiana, while also using her skills to meet physical and spiritual needs in everyday situations.
“It’s a different kind of mission field than I ever envisioned,” Hurdle said. “It’s all about compassion … being God’s presence to them, being Jesus to them.”