Disaster upon disaster…

I'm sitting in Houston, TX, where I'm responding to Harvey.  I spent time today organizing logistics for a trip to Florida for some other PA volunteers who want to help with Irma. Puerto Rico was on my mind because of an old friend whose family lives there.  Mexico...

Long haul relief

I have been at a different site for the past 5 days.  It is a site where they are building the infrastructure for long-term relief efforts - evaluation, tear-out, and rebuilding.  It has a completely different vibe than the first two weeks immediately following the...

Day ? – Imago Dei

The image above was taken a few minutes from where we are staying.  I found it somewhat humorous...the "park at your own risk" sign in the middle of a flooded parking lot.  Fortunately, nobody took the risk here and the lot was empty.  This post will have nothing to...

Day 7 – Tear Outs

Two of our team have been doing tear-out work all week.  When the floods came, so many houses were filled with mud and water.  As the water receded, black mold immediately started to grow.  Wherever water was, mold grew.  This is the primary reason that...

Day 6 – Little acts of kindness

There were a few moments of calm today. First, I listened to the Live Out Church Service.  It was awesome to hear that they were doing just fine without me.  They worshipped, confessed their sin, prayed for each other, prayed for the world, celebrated God through His...

Day 5 – God provides

I have two simple stories of God’s provision tonight. The first happened last night as last week’s crew prepared to leave.  There was a fellow who grew up in Western PA and went to Geneva College.  He is now retired and lives in Florida with his wife in an RV.  He is...

Day Four – Divide and Conquer

Due to a changeover in the North Carolina team, some of the field units are becoming short staffed.  So, today we sent three of our four teammates out.  Two guys joined the tear-out crew that goes into people's houses and removes molding drywall and...

Day 3 – One Laundry Story

Early this afternoon, an African American gentleman and his wife came to our Shower/Laundry trailer with some garbage bags full of soaked clothes.  We didn't recognize them as volunteers and discovered quickly that they were citizens needing...

Day Two – Entering Texas

Video of our first views of the Texas flooding. The four of us drove from Alabama to Texas today.  As we crossed the Texas line, we immediately saw the devastation, and frankly it was a bit overwhelming.  Maybe it was the memories of the Harmony flood, or maybe it was...

Long Drive Day

Today was a long day of driving. We left Fombell about 6:30am and arrived 14 hours later near Birmingham, AL.  We technically exceeded our daily drive limit of 13 hours, but we did stop several times.  The most eventful stop was to repair a...

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