As of this morning, IDES' first two loads of storage sheds have safely made it to Katy, TX. For the next several days, volunteers from the local churches in the area will be building these sheds for families whose homes were affected by the flooding. These families will then be able to use the sheds to store their belongings as their homes are repaired. IDES' US Disaster Response Coordinator is on the ground and leading the shed-building process with the local churches.
Volunteers from several of the churches have already been furiously working to help families tear out soggy dry-wall and sort through their belongings. This road will be a long one, but we are happy to report that "recovery" has officially begun. Your generosity is making hope possible in Jesus' name for these families.
One of our supporters, Kathy, graciously offered to share a story with us from a lady named Renee who is receiving one of IDES' sheds that you provided.
"Renee's mom was dying of pancreatic cancer...and as a Physician's Assistant, she was caring for her at her home when she was personally diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment. Her mom died and then came the flood-LAST YEAR. She cleaned up, then her brother also died from his pancreatic cancer. Numb, she worked with a contractor to repair flood damage over the last 12 months and the last items on the punch list were done--5 days before Harvey hit. She had just brought back boxes with her most precious things to her garage.
This year's flood was feet higher than last year. Back then there was no help coming around. Her church family was 60 miles away. This week, local Current Church volunteers "demoed' her house, and this weekend IDES is giving her a shed. 200 people from Compass Church in Dallas are also coming down to build 20 of these sheds in 2 days from foundation to lock. As she told me her story, she kept listing ways God provided, things which could have been worse, things for which she was thankful!!! She just finished her chemo and has little strength to clean up this house. And she's caring for her mother's house in Galveston. She is single, no children, no help.
She is beyond grateful for Current Church's bucket, mop, and saw brigade, and has immense respect for the millennials who helped her. These words hit her like a ton of bricks from the crew leader, 'The church is about more than just preaching the Word of God.' It's a family and she's been starved for it. She's been dead and numb, crawling through life this past year. Last week they 'breathed life back into me,' Renee said. Yes, yes, yes!!! That's living love, it's the work of a Holy, helpful, healing Spirit."
Renee's shed will be finished by the end of this week, as will 19 others for people like her whose homes were damaged by the flooding. This is what being the hands and feet of Christ truly looks like. It would not be possible without you.
We will keep you up-to-date with the latest information on IDES' recovery efforts here on our website, and also on our social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
The needs are still great. If you are interested in donating, please click the button below and choose the "Hurricane" designation at the bottom of the form. Or, you can send your check to PO Box 379, Noblesville, IN 46061.