The images coming out of The Texas gulf coast are way too familiar. The feelings we experienced 12 years ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina here on the Mississippi gulf coast are fused into our nervous systems. Disaster Relief Mercy Ministry now exists as part of our DNA, so YES, we will do whatever we can to aid and assist those suffering in Texas.
I was in Jackson MS this past Tuesday and met with our Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief committee. Our director, Don Gann has been in close contact with our Texas Baptist partners and we are on stand-by to come and help. Our first wave will be our large feeding unit, which can produce up to 20,000 meals a day. The chain saw crews and mud out teams will also go. This is what we trained for back in February here in Lakeshore.
Several other things are in the works, but the most immediate is a van heading that way late this Friday night. The first destination will be Bayside Texas, a small little community that appears basically overlooked. We know what that’s like. We will load a truck down with basic relief supplies, toiletries, tarps, batteries, nonperishable food items and bleach. Pray for safe travel.
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Our Mercy House distribution center ministry depends on donations of clothing, household items, furniture, toys and other things. These donations are placed in needy homes just as fast as they come in… well, almost. Much of the stuff goes into the warehouse where it can be sorted, organized, and stored until they are needed. Toys suitable for Christmas are tucked away in a special location. Seasonal clothing has its place. At least that is the theory. The reality is that serving people face to face usually takes precedence over working in the hot lonely warehouse and over time the organization gets more and more chaotic. The result is a warehouse out of control.
Last week an energetic group of young people from Massachusetts spent the week with us and set as their main goal to conquer the disarray. All week they sorted through mounds of clothing, rearranged boxes like a giant game of Tetris, sorted through the clutter, and found a few things we didn’t even know we had. By the end of the week there was a place for everything and everything was in its place. As tidy as the warehouse is today, with a sheepish grin we did have to tell the group that we can’t promise how long it will stay that way. God has blessed us with a very active ministry, but this much needed overhaul will enhance the efforts exponentially. We can not express how grateful we are for this hard work and how much more productive the next several months will be as we seek to serve our community for the glory of God.