Hurricane Ike Relief

Dr. Jim CookeA group of Minter Lane Church of Christ members and Abilene Christian University students spent 6 days (Dec. 14-19, 2008) volunteering on Galveston Island and Point Bolivar, Texas, doing hurricane relief work.  The trip was organized by Emily Garrison, a Vista volunteer and intern working with Nancy Colburn and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center at ACU.  The Minter Lane church van was driven by Professor Jim Cooke of the Agricultural and Environmental Science Department.   HillTop Rescue and Relief provided food and tools for the cleanup work and the Clear Lake Church of Christ provided their building as lodging.  The work was to muck out (remove all contents, appliances, plumbing fixtures, sheetrock, insulation, and flooring from the buildings, leaving bare framing so that wiring could be removed and the buildings pressure washed and disinfected) the homes and put everything in the street.  In most cases the homeowner was present for the work, and the team was able to provide hope and encouragement in a very difficult situation. The team volunteered their time and energy to serve their neighbors with the love of Jesus. Our gift was graciously given and graciously received.

 

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