posted on November 11, 2013 10:11
Submitted by Cindy Wesch, Central Texas DR Coordinator and DR Box Unit Specialty Coordinator
We have used all three box units for the Austin floods. The units have all played different roles and we have been busy, working in conjunction with the TBM chaplains to get out and minister to the folks affected by these floods. The flooded areas are far enough apart that for the first week we worked in three teams to get the needed materials out. We ran out of packing paper so our Austin box unit director, Wes Todd, visited the Austin American Statesman, the local newspaper, for much-needed end rolls of paper. We appreciated the help of an Oak Meadows Baptist Church volunteer who helped us cut the paper into strips.
It was awesome watching the volunteers and chaplains minister to these folks, knocking on doors and reaching out. On our first day out, folks who were reaching limits of emotional stress really appreciated the hugs and prayers. At the end of the day during our volunteer debrief, we heard lots of stories … about the courage of one family member or neighbor and how it saved their lives … of the material loss and how it would be affecting the family … one man who was not able to say much without choking up shared he lost all his animals, but was able to get his children out of the house before it was destroyed … a hammer floating by on a board just when a father was trying to find a way to get his family through the through the attic roof to safety… stories of miracles. One thing was certain this last week - God was there.
: Austin floods update