Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

by Valorie Kelley

October 13, 2017

I HAD THE HONOR TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA WHO HAD SUFFERED DEVASTATION FROM HURRICANE IRMA. WHEN I LEFT FOR THIS JOURNEY, I HAD NO IDEA THE BLESSINGS I WOULD RECEIVE FROM SERVING IN THIS CAPACITY. DISASTER RELIEF WAS VERY HOT, DIRTY, AND DIFFICULT BUT ABSOLUTELY NEEDED. 

ON SEPTEMBER 23, I LOADED IN A VAN WITH 5 OTHER INCREDIBLE PEOPLE AND WE WERE HEADED TO NAPLES FLORIDA. THAT VERY NIGHT WE WERE RE-ROUTED TO LAKE YALE WHICH WAS AN HOUR NORTH OF ORLANDO. THE SBC DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATION HAD TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE KEYS AND NAPLES AND ASKED MY TEAM TO SERVE AROUND LAKE YALE.

WE ARRIVED AT LAKE YALE JUST BARELY... AS WE PULLED INTO THE ENTRANCE OF OUR DESTINATION A LARGE PICKUP HIT US. THANKFULLY EVERYONE WAS OKAY! 

THERE WERE EASILY 100 PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE US AND CANADA TOO, BUNKING AT LAKE YALE FOR DISASTER RELIEF. 

YOU WILL SEE IN THE PHOTOS BELOW THE MANY DIFFERENT JOBS WE TOOK ON INCLUDING BRUSH CLEAN UP, ROOF REPAIR, SIDING REPAIR, MOLD REMOVAL, AND MOWING. THE GOSPEL WAS SHARED, TEARS WERE SHED, AND PRAYERS SAID! PEOPLE WERE SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORK BEING DONE AND WHEN THEY ASKED HOW MUCH THEY COULD OWED, OUR TEAM WOULD SAY THE PRICE WAS PAYED FOR 200O YEARS AGO! I LOVE THAT! 

THE CREW THAT I JOINED FOR THE WEEK WERE ALWAYS IN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE EVEN WHEN THINGS WERE NOT GOING OUR WAY.  THIS WAS A HARD WORKING GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAD FUN AND ENJOYED EACH OTHERS COMPANY! 

WE DON'T WISH FOR DISASTERS TO HAPPEN BUT MORE WILL COME AND I THINK OF ISAIAH 6:8. "THEN I HEARD THE VOICE OF THE LORD SAYING, WHOM, SHALL I SEND? AND WHO WILL GO FOR US. AND I SAID, HERE AM I, SEND ME!

THANK YOU FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GROTTOES FOR SENDING ME.
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