I can't even begin to imagine going into a storm ravaged home, seeing the devestation and wondering 'where do we begin'. These men know how to get a job done. In about 8 hours, approximately 80 men were able to completely gut and move the debris of 18 homes. I am in awe. I'm in awe of their dedication to serve complete strangers. I'm in awe of their willingness to volunteer long before the storm hit and before it was known what they would be doing. I'm in awe of their being ready to go again if asked to; many expressed this sentiment at church on Sunday, after only having returned home 12 hours earlier.
Ike also brought us the opportunity to serve the displaced here at home. Our church building served as an evacuee center to about 30 individuals. As soon as it was announced that we had evacuees at the church, women came out of the woodwork at lightening speed to provide meals, blankets, DVD's, games for the children and a listening ear for the moms and dads. My heart goes out to those who were so devestated by Ike and hope that these individulas felt the love we all have for them. The included pictures are of one crew and the house they cleaned.