As I write this, Hurricane Irma is just finishing its weekend churn over Florida.
Nobody knows yet what the extent of damage will be from this new storm, and we pray they might be spared the same level of destruction Houston saw last month from Hurricane Harvey!
We still have a team on the ground in Houston helping homeowners clear debris, gut homes and prepare for eventual rebuild.
We have rarely had to decide between two major disasters in such close proximity to each other, but we are still committed to the Hurricane Harvey disaster area with our recovery teams, and still working there as of this week.
The team last week worked incredibly hard at clearing out about a dozen homes in west Houston and nearby areas.
It was rough work often involving long, hot days of hauling out innumerable piles of soggy debris, cutting rotted drywall out, vacuuming up muddy water and cleaning black mold off the walls.
The team this week is shifting focus to east Houston, in a working-class community near a bayou that spilled its banks, as well as homes in rural areas of Beaumont that went under water.
We are also continuing to get individual requests for help from affected homeowners and communities and trying to answer them as fast as our recovery teams can manage.
This week we also hope to begin planning for skilled-labor crews to come in later this month.
They will help with the eventual rebuild process for uninsured and needy homeowners based on labor and funds available to assist them.
Please keep praying for the laborers as they help these victims of Hurricane Harvey in Jesus’ name and for His glory.
If you would like to be involved in any way you can find out more information about the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts here: Hurricane Harvey Relief Portal