8:00am brought us all at church and ready to go. We added a vehicle when Del decided he could drive and we could load his small SUV with even more supplies. But Del didn't actually drive -- he was our official photographer and so Pastor Dave drove and Del photographed.
We were loaded, talked a bit about what to expect and after a prayer we were on the road. It was pouring rain when we left and it poured rain all day long!
Del with his car also reloaded with supplies to go into the areas. Amazing just how much that small car held! And the pouring rain couldn't wash the smile off his face!
One of the main comments from everyone who went with me today was that pictures just don't tell the real story. When you stand in the middle of it, looking all around -- all you see is destruction. There's no getting away from it, nothing normal looking or feeling or sounding . . . just destruction. As we went house to house offering boxes of disaster relief supplies that held everything from food to cleaning products the reality of the situation sank in deeper and deeper. Personally speaking, it was so awesome for Monty and I to have so many friends from our own church go along and see just a bit of what goes into disaster relief. I know they came away with their lives changed.
We will be making another trip as we are still collecting supplies. It looks like I will return on Monday. At first I thought of returning Saturday but they are expecting so many volunteers to come in that day that I feel it would be better for me to wait until Monday. I also plan on visiting the newly set up Disaster Relief Center where I can talk with FEMA and see how things are going.
A big day . . . a wonderful day . . . a day where the joy of the Lord was able to come through us and hopefully into each homeowner we met!
We thank the Lord for the opportunity to praise Him by serving others!
Until next time . . . thanks to everyone who went today! We love you! Susan and Monty