By Mike Carlson
During our recent call out to Liberty, Texas we were able to minister so many people. It seemed like everyone we met said, “Thank you for coming to help, we can’t thank you enough.”
One lady stands out, she lived with her 87-year-old mother who was confined to a wheelchair. I entered her home with the Blue Cap after it had been closed up for over 50 days. The odor and mold made my eyes water. There was mold covering the walls, the ceiling, and the floors; not to mention everything in her home. The Blue Cap from Virginia and the Blue Cap from Minnesota/Wisconsin stood with me and the other Chaplain from Iowa to tell her that her home was a total loss and the best thing would be for her to have it bulldozed down. All of the Disaster Relief workers fought back tears with sad faces.
She said to us don’t be sad for me, God will take care of me. She told us that someone from FEMA had told her to trust the government, but she said to him that she would trust God instead.
Over and over we heard, “Thank you for coming to Texas to help us!” Our God is an awesome God! We had 30 people that came from Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa to minister people around Liberty, Texas. We came to help, to bring hope, and provide healing.
Mike Carlson is pastor at New Bridge Church in Winterset and the Iowa Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Co-Director.