Saturday, March 07, 2009
And then they were gone
Victor's home, in the process of being rebuilt and repainted -- the blue is his new color. You can see his crab traps in the foreground -- all of which are damaged and need repairing. Only problem is that his boat was destroyed, both of them! And now he is one of the hundreds in San Leon who have no income -- nothing!! You can't collect unemployment when you were a shrimper, crabber or oyster fisherman and worked for yourself! It's got to be one of the most difficult situations I have had to deal with yet! How do we help? We pray!
The 66 team members started leaving as early as 4 this morning. Some were flying and had early flights, some were driving. Everyone was gone by 11 and we now await the arrival of the first of 35 for this week. They are expected before midnight tonight.
One of the exciting things about the teams that just left is that 3 of them are really interested in coming back on an internship program where they would stay upwards of a couple weeks to months, depending on their time frames. We desperately need interns who will go out on jobs as supervisors and take some of the responsibility for themselves. They would be able to be involved in so many more aspects of the disaster relief and we pray they will return home and put things in motion to return!
We also heard from Timothy in Florida. He and his team came to Indiana and worked with us in the flood aftermath there. He is bringing another team here to do some more serving! It's always such an added blessing to have old friends return!
In the meantime -- I am asking for prayers for myself. Whatever kind of tree pollen that I am allergic to is back --- in full force and making me miserable! I went back on the allergy meds but they take some time to build up -- and in the meantime I will be sleeping on the couch in the sitting up position just to get some air! Thank you for praying for healing.
Hopefully all of us will be in church tomorrow -- taking the opportunity to praise our Lord for all His amazing blessings! If you don't belong to a church -- look around for one that sparks your interest and take a bold step and go! You won't be sorry!
Until next time . . . be blessed. Susan and Monty