When I was in Houston responding to Ike the first time and headed to Baton Rouge to help feed the first
responders, our friend Brady from the Dallas area, headed to the San Leon area. They met up with some
folks who asked for help. They set up camp at a local Baptist church. They brought in their cook flat bed
trailer, their utility storage trailer, some tools, people and got to work. CC Stone Mountain donated their
relief trailer with tools to them, what a blessing!
About a week or two after Ike hit, while helping an older gentleman out with some clean up at his home, the
neighbor, another elderly lady by the name of Jean, came over to make sure everything was OK with him
and his family.
The team started talking to Jean and discovered that she too had some issues with her home. The storm
had destroyed over half of her roof, bringing water into the living room and other areas causing even more
damage. She evacuated for the storm and when she returned and saw all the damage, she had a slight
heart attack. She was taken to the hospital where she suffered a more severe heart attack and remained
there for about a week. She had just gotten back home when the team began to question her as to what
needs she had. She didn't have homeowner's insurance just like many other elderly homeowners who have
lived in the same house for many years. Her husband passed away several years before and her home had
gone into disrepair since then. FEMA gave her $2000 to go towards her repair bills and she had no money
to add to that.
Brady and the team decided to go in and help clean up the home, but the roof and mold damage was more
than they were equipped to deal with at the time. Brady called and asked if I was still praying about
returning to help and I said yes. He then told me about Jean and it was decided that I would try to get
some help to come down and replace her roof.
Chuck, who attends CC Sarasota, had emailed me while I was responding the last time. He said that he was
retiring and that his wife suggested that he start joining me in our adventures. I asked him if he was
serious and he replied he was pretty sure she was! I contacted Chuck and it was determined that we
would head out and trust the Lord to provide the finances and get the job done.
While there a good friend, John, contacted us and he too came out and joined in the fun. Also, an old high
school buddy of Chuck's lives in Houston and he joined in the torture for a day!
The trip was a lot of fun, thanks mostly to Chuck, or Chuckles as I now affectionately call him.
We were able to get the roof repaired, remove the mold and termite damage as well as help rebuild Jean's
porch. We had different people who came and helped us on different days. When we finished up at
Jean's, we still had a couple of days left so the church we were staying at sent us to cut down some trees
and we built two sets of stairs for a mobile home that had been washed out from the storm. We were also
able to help do some repairs on the church as it too was under water from the storm.
On the ministry side of things, God never ceases to amaze me as to how He wants us to minister, rarely is it
what we think. There was a couple who had traveled quite a distance that were staying in the camp, a male
and a female who were not married to each other. They are part of a group that ministers to drug and
alcohol addicts. They are believers and a little different than myself, but isn't everyone! We were given
the opportunity to minister to them or cast them aside and felt the Lord telling us to minister to them,
doesn't He always! We ended up turning a bad situation around and they ended up leaving just before we
did, heading to places they'd of never gone had it not been for the time that we got to spend with them and
what God did!