We are currently in Moffett, OK where a historic flood damaged every home and building from major rains that happened upriver this summer.  We're rebuilding 3 homes and also helping others as we can, trusting The LORD to help us keep our commitments.  Unfortunately we've struggled to get volunteers, even locals to help us, which is truly sad.  We're set up to handle volunteers so if you're interested in learning more about joining us, click here.  There is also a volunteer availability calendar on that page. If you're interested in financially supporting Calvary Relief, click here.  

To read our 2019 Review, please click here. To stay up to date with what we're doing, please see our Facebook account and/or our newsletters, links are above.  Please pray that wherever we are and whatever we do, we'd be diligent as we share the love of Jesus with those around us in a tangible way.  Please remember to keep us in your prayers and especially that we'd grow in our relationship with The LORD and draw others to Him in all we say and do!  Curt & Mary Jo

Disaster Pastor

Curt Hencye

Houma-Hurricane Ida Update-2

Things are moving along here in the Houma, LA area as we are serving The LORD by helping folks with their relief/recovery from Hurricane Ida which hit this area over 5 weeks ago.  Grace Chapel of Houma and Pastor Jeff and Annette have been great hosts and we're really enjoying hanging out with them as we serve The LORD together in their community!

We’ve been busy between setting up Camp Calvary GC, meeting with homeowners and going over their needs and helping them deal with insurance, etc, hosting volunteers, and of course serving in the community! 

On the serving side we’ve been blessed with some volunteers, but a little discouraged as so many contacted us up front and it seems that most have already forgotten about Ida, the largest and most costly (inflation considered) storm to ever hit this area.  We really only need/want a few people at a time.  When folks come in and are willing to do what we ask of them the way we ask them to do it. we can accomplish so much because of what all The LORD has shown us in the 17+ years we’ve been doing this!

I spend a lot of time with the homeowners going over things with them in ways that I’ve never seen others do.  The LORD has blessed me with a lot of knowledge concerning different things such as proper tarping, tree removal without major equipment, proper bacteria/mold remediation procedures including proper deconstruction techniques and what has to come out and be thrown away and what can be salvaged, understanding insurance details and procedures to ensure the homeowner gets the monies they paid to get, FEMA procedures, building codes, proper construction techniques, home design/layout for possible changes, etc.  Most homeowners that we help have NEVER built a home or done a major remodel and this type of help we give them is invaluable both now and in the long-term. 

The time we take with them now and in the future, clearly shows them how much we really care about them, and not about how quickly we can move onto the next home.  This opens many conversations about us and our relationship with The LORD and gives us a lot of opportunity to pray with them and share Jesus!  This is why we do what we do as far as homeowners are concerned.  The other reason we do what we do is discipleship.  We attempt to get involved in a local church to be part of the discipleship process that Jesus told us we’re to do in Matthew 28:19-20.  We also spend a lot of time discipling with the volunteers that stay with us.

Our first volunteers were Randy and Travis for a week and we did tear outs in a couple of homes, tarped a couple of roofs, and cut and moved some trees.  They also helped Jeff and Annette put the ceiling tiles back in the church and vacuumed everything so that Grace Chapel could open that Sunday.  Travis is trying to work out coming back again soon! 

We started to work on getting the rest of our stuff to LA since it seems as if we’ll be here for quite a while!  Mary Jo flew back to TN and began packing up our house to get it ready to travel.  Ann from Wellspring CC helped her as well.

Next we had Matt for a week, but a lot of that was spent moving equipment and then we spent time doing a lot of setup with the camp.  Matt drove from NC to TN and we met him there to load up the rest of our tools into his trailer and then were supposed to bring our 5th wheel to LA.  Unfortunately, it rained a lot right before we arrived and didn’t stop until a couple of days after we left.  Since we had to pull our 8+ ton trailer through a field while turning down and then up a hill, we decided that it would be better to wait until things dried out instead of getting stuck in the mud.

After working in the rain for a couple of days getting everything ready to move with our house and loading up all the equipment and supplies that we needed moved into Matt’s trailer and MJ’s van, we took off for LA.  About half way there, Matt had a blowout on his trailer.  We put the spare on and headed to the nearest store to get another.  Once there we noticed that the other tire wasn’t very good so we decided just to get 2 new tires and put them on the trailer and put the spare back for emergencies.  Apparently the tires hadn’t been changed in a while and a couple of the lugnuts were stuck and we ended up messing up the studs getting them off.  This turned into a long process to get the right studs installed and 4 hours later we were on the road again.  We decided to get a couple hotel rooms in Mississippi and then headed out again in the morning.  We landed in Houma Tuesday after lunch without any more issues.  We unloaded everything and rearranged a lot of our stuff that we’re storing in the church and called it a day.

Wednesday, we needed to do some assessments, so Matt and I took care of that and then Thursday we worked on getting one of the rooms set up for volunteers by installing a window and a window AC unit.  Matt had agreed to take us back to TN, slightly out of his way, when he went back home Friday afternoon, so Friday Mary Jo and Matt packed things up while I took care of meeting with a couple more homeowners and then we hit the road after lunch.  We made it back to TN late Friday night and Matt took off for NC first thing in the morning, Saturday.

Some sad/glad news while Matt was here, my sister-in-law, Michelle went to heaven after many years of battling with different cancers and illnesses.  We know that she’s finally and totally healed and worshipping Jesus.  It will be especially hard on my brother Todd during this time, so please keep him in your prayers.

Mary Jo, Doug, and I then began the final process of getting the 5th wheel ready to move.  Once everything was closed up, we hooked up to the diesel and pulled it up out of the “holler” and into Sam and Doug’s driveway without a single issue.  Sam made us some chili for lunch, so we ate, said our goodbyes, or so we thought, and headed down the road.

We got 11 miles down the road and had a blowout.  I wanted to go ahead and replace the tire since we just started out so Doug and Sam came and took us to the tire store and a couple hours later we were on the road again.  Then about 30 miles later, we had another blowout, this time it was a brand new tire that we had replaced a week before!  It also did a lot of damage to the side of the trailer.  We travel with 2 spares but still wanted to get another one to be safer.  All of the tires stores along the way were either closed until Monday or couldn’t get us the tire we needed until at least Monday or later.  We decided to just keep going and see what happened.  We made it to a Mississippi campground and found a Walmart nearby that had a tire that would fit in case we needed it, but not what we needed for good, so we got that in the morning and headed back out.  Shortly thereafter, we had another blowout that did some more damage to the trailer including messing up the gas line to our stove/oven.  We’re going to title the chapter of our book regarding this deployment “It Takes 7 Tires to Get to Houma”!

I then started looking for tire shops open on Sunday and found one in New Orleans that could get 2 tires that were the right size for us and get them mounted so that all 6 tires were the correct size and load.  Then we headed home to Houma and arrived just after 5 Sunday evening.  We got busy trying to get our house set up to live in but quickly ran out of steam so retreated to the bunk house again to sleep and eat around 9.

Monday, we got up and began working on everything needed to make it so both trailers were set up as we had Brandon and Josh from The River, our home church in CO, coming in that afternoon to serve with us for a week.  It was too much to get us moved out of the bunkhouse and set up as well as set us up in the 5th wheel so we put them in the church.  I finished most of what I could do because I needed to order some things for the 5th wheel in time to have a late dinner, visit with the guys for a moment, and then go to bed.  I was exhausted!

The next morning, we got up, did devos and breakfast and then headed out to check on a few things and talk to a couple of homeowners who had contacted us while we were gone.  We spent a lot of time with Ms. Pat, an older widow lady whose husband died 5 years ago.  Ida was the first major issue she’s had to face since then and she was really struggling.  We met with her “carpenter” Hank, a local who they’ve known for a long time and who was wanting to help get her get her home repaired.  Randy, Travis, and I had already tarped her roof, but now the inside had a lot of damage from water coming in from the roof, as well as through the windows because the seals just didn’t hold up to the strong winds.  We came up with a good plan and will work with Hank and do all we can as we have volunteers available.

Wednesday, we needed to go out to Donna’s to meet with the Mennonite group that we’re serving with on some homes, to go over what all needed to be done.  There were only 4 of them and it was a big job, so I left Brandon and Josh to help them while I went to check on some other homes.

Thursday we were joined by 4 others, Salima, a local who attends Living Word, Aaron and Abigail, a newly wed young couple from PA who was in town a couple of days helping and friends of Salima’s, and Gunner from OK who had shown up with a group from his hometown on Labor Day weekend and he came back to help some more.  Pat, from Living Word, suggested that they all join us!  Salima, Aaron and Abigail, and Mary Jo went to Ms. Pats to help pack up and move some things as her home is readied for deconstruction and dry out.  Gunner joined the gang at Donna’s as we continued to do her tear out.  Friday and Saturday we were down to Brandon, Josh, and Gunner and we finished up the tear out at Donna’s.

Saturday night we were really blessed by Ashton and Charlotte, a couple who goes to church with us.  They own several shrimp and crab boats they also have live crawfish in season.  They did a huge boil for us with fresh crabs, shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes.  We’re still eating the left-overs!

Gunner is still in town helping others and we hope he can join us later in the week before he heads back home Sunday.  Brandon and Josh made it back to CO Sunday evening.  We don’t have any volunteers scheduled for this week or next, then we have 3 weeks of volunteer teams coming in and then we’re wide open again!

Friday, we got some bad news with our 5th wheel home.  A water line sprang a leak and it flooded part of the basement, under the washing machine and refrigerator, some of the kitchen floor, and some of the insulation in the underbelly and below the subfloor!  There wasn’t much I could figure out Friday evening so Saturday after I took care of some things at Donna’s with her and the guys then Brandon and I headed back home.  We began pulling the bottom apart, removing the washer/dryer, and then removing the new kitchen floor and new supports I installed a few months ago after our flood this past winter!  We got a few fans going and set up one of our dehumidifiers.  It seems like it must’ve happened right before we discovered it as it’s drying rather quick.  It should be dry in the next day or so, then I can spray it again, dry it again, and prayfully start putting it back together sometime next week and we can move back in! 

Meanwhile, Mary Jo had just finished moving all our stuff from the bunkhouse to the 5th wheel and then had to move it back so that we can live in it until our home is back together!  We “moved” ourselves 5 times in a week!  Never a dull moment!

I’ve got several homes that still need deconstruction, drying, and then spraying, as well as a couple waiting on drying so I can spray.  We’ve also got a few that can use some rebuild help when the time comes, but just about every house needs a roof and that’s going to be a long time unless I get commitments from teams wanting to do roofs that will actually finish them instead of starting and leaving me alone to finish to do it myself!  Not much can be started inside until they’ve got a new roof!

Mary Jo and I will go out and do what we can on our own as we can and of course we’ll keep working on our stuff and helping homeowners through the process of insurance and recovery, etc as we minister to each of them personally.  But we need your help here with us!

I’ll admit that after the new “flood” in our home and with all of the other issues we’ve experienced this past year of so, we realize that we need more daily help as well as some folks who want to come alongside and join Calvary Relief on a “full-time” basis.  We’ve been doing relief ministry for over 17 years.  As I mentioned just some of the things we do above, we have a wealth of knowledge, tools, trailers, vehicles, etc., so in our minds, CR isn’t going away anytime soon.  Please pray that The LORD would supply the workers in the field as He leads and directs us day-to-day and in the future, as we only want to serve Jesus in all we say and do until the day He takes us home to heaven!

If you’re interested in growing in The LORD as you selflessly serve others alongside of Calvary Relief, please let us know!  For more info on joining us, click here.

If you’re interested in helping with any of the expenses with Calvary Relief, please click here.

If there’s ever anything you need prayer about or just need to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know!

Love y’all and LORD Bless,

Curt & Mary Jo


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