We were blessed to have been part of such a loving community in spite of the disaster that they
had all been through. In our good-bye time at The River Church, Mary Jo said that while many in
the town had expressed their heartfelt thanks to us and what we had helped them with, we too
were very grateful to all who had opened up their homes, their lives and their hearts to us while we
were in Lyons and the surrounding areas. It was really hard to leave and we do miss all of our new
It was a busy time and we managed to get a lot of work done. We were in Colorado for a little
over 7 months. In that time we assessed almost 200 homes, provided full remediation to 75
homes, and helped with the rebuilding of The River Church and 20 homes. We served with many
different groups and volunteers from 27 different states and Canada! We had over 350 people
ranging from 4 years old to??? (we didn't dare ask!) directly volunteer with Calvary Relief. Ten of
our volunteers were homeowners whose homes we had worked on who then came and volunteered
with us on someone else's home! We tracked over 15,000 volunteer hours!
Reaching people is really what it is all about. The things that we and the volunteers who serve with
us do are nothing special and certainly nothing that anyone else can't do. The main goal is not only
giving people the hope that they can push on, move forward, create new normals, etc, but also
sharing Jesus and Making His Name Known! Everything on this earth, including us, will fade away
one day and we need to make sure that those we come in contact see the hope that is inside of us.
And when they ask the reason for our hope, we need to be ready to share!
It was a real blessing to serve alongside of Mickey and Kim and The River Church. They really get
that God used what happened in their town for good, even though the enemy meant it for evil.
Many people have now seen and heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we pray that their hearts
continue to soften and that they are drawn to Him, the Author and Perfecter of Their Faith!
There is always so much to be done in a disaster, and the people and the town of Lyons will
continue to work on recovery for a long time though we have been led elsewhere. Please keep them
and the surrounding areas- Longmont, Pinewood Springs, Big Elk Meadows and Jamestown- in your
prayers. Pray most importantly for their salvation and also for their continued pressing on as many
are still in the process of rebuilding their homes and their lives. Please also pray for Mickey, Kim
and The River Church, that they would be a true beacon of light in the dark world around them and
that the many, many seeds that have been planted would grow and flourish, and that The River
Church would provide a safe, loving and nourishing place for them to grow.