Butterfly Sparks Designs

Sunday, October 25, 2009

...hope to the hopeless...

towards the end of september, parts of georgia were devastated by flooding.  the area we live in was affected, and many people are still displaced and their homes are ruined.
a team of 25 folks from Vintage 242 (our church plant) spent a Saturday serving people whose homes were destroyed by cleaning the remains of their homes, tearing out flooring, spraying for mold, raking sheetrock out of their yards, and moving decks back to the appropriate yards after they floated down the street. 
in all honesty, i was dreading the day because i knew it would be difficult and a lot of hard, dirty work.  i'm so grateful that i pushed through and went!  it's a day i will never forget.  and i'll be praying for physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration for each of those families. the road ahead is long!  insurance will not cover the damage, so it's out of pocket for every single family.  many are walking away from their homes with no plan to go back. 

steve throwing garbage in one of the many full dumpsters on this street.  it was heartbreaking to see people's possessions destroyed and tossed away.

every yard looked just like this. 

spraying for mold.  we had to wear these suits to attempt to protect ourselves from the inhalation of mold spores.

here is my haz- mat team with our homeowner Will.  Will told me that volunteers bring him and his neighbors HOPE.  they realize they aren't alone when people like you and i show up and help.

if you are in the area, i want to encourage you to serve.  samaritan's purse is an amazing organization that is mobilizing volunteers until november 21st.  check them out at www.samaritanspurse.org.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

...welcome home little girl...

Born July 28, 2009
Adopted October 16, 2009