cleaning the coast
spent spring break on the bolivar peninsula cleaning up in the wake of hurricane ike. 8 months later and theres still miles of debris littering the area. we cleared the clutter away from 2 churches and 16 other lots – many of them without houses bc the houses were washed away or torn down after being condemned.
it was both a troubling and satisfying week. troubling in the sheer magnitude of devastation. the stories we heard from locals were harrowing. but as we cleared lots and helped people begin the rebuilding process we saw hope renewed. the final night we attended a church service at a local church and the people were so grateful. thats not why we did it but it was such a blessing to see the oppression of ikes destruction lifted from their shoulders.
i want to go back. soon. we talked with the project manager about returning and he said there were opportunities this summer to help build houses for people who lost theirs. im seriously considering it. whether we go as a church mission trip or a handful of us go back on our own – i think it will be worth it. not for me. but for the kingdom.