The SC crew that was left in Cape Coral left for home around 2 yesterday afternoon. (Our group of 9 split up Sunday with 4 going to Jacksonville to serve until Thursday). We arrived at the association office just before 2 this morning. I was home and in bed by 2:30.
Pray for the PA/NJ team that is traveling today and tomorrow. Quite a few of them will be leaving for Puerto Rico in the coming weeks…some as early as this weekend. Their task will be much more time consuming and possibly more primitive (think sleeping on a barge under tents). It will be hot. They may have to crank out meals 24/7 depending on recovery efforts. Pray for their stamina and wisdom. Pray for their rest over the next few days, that it will be good and filling to sustain them for a 15 day deployment.
I am blessed to have met and worked with such godly people.
If you are interested in serving people in the capacity of disaster relief, contact your local Southern Baptist mission association to learn more about training.
While I have photos of beautiful scenery, disaster relief is in no way a vacation. It is hard work. Everyone, from the man wearing the white hat (in charge of the whole group at his site) to the people running the shower unit to the people washing dishes, works hard. Everyone left that church exhausted. My feet have never hurt so bad in my life. My ankles swelled every day. I sweated through every layer of clothing I had on. Disaster relief is one of the most rewarding things I have done – it is bringing hope to people who have been devastated. It is being the hands and feet of my savior, Jesus Christ. It is meeting physical needs so that we can meet spiritual needs. It is an open door to share Christ and his love with a community that needs him. It opens doors for the local church to step in and reach out to the community in ways they may not have been able to do before.
Before I post a few photos from around Cape Coral and our drive home, I’ll leave you with this: “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19