Mike’s house was flooded to the roof line. The weight of the wet insulation collapsed the ceiling, but the stuff in his attic was mostly dry. Coming in by boat and docking at his roof, he removed a sheet of tin roofing, climbed into his attic and rescued the “guns & gittars” (Mike’s a true Texan!) that he had tucked into the attic for safety.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas is a small church that is having a huge impact on the economically challenged residents of their community. While Pastor Skipper and several other flooded-out members of this church are living in trailers on the church property, they’re distributing food, water, cleaning supplies, and other needed items to their neighbors. The church is so full of goods to distribute they don’t have room to hold Sunday services. Hope Force provided our 60′ x 100′ tent to serve as a warehouse for the next few months so they can regain use of the church building. Erecting this tent was our main project during my last few days in Texas.
These are just two of the projects we worked on last week. Once again, it’s been your prayers and financial support that have made it possible for us to to share the love of Christ with those in need.
Mike worked along side us at his house for two days. He repeatedly expressed puzzlement over why we would volunteer to serve people like him in this way. On our third and final day at his house, he had to return to work. When we left, we placed a New Testament signed by the team in the middle of his cleaned-out living room for him to find. I left a bookmark in it with I John 3:16-18 highlighted:
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18 (NKJV)