by Emily Mitchell | December 15, 2017 8:45 pm
by Susan Neuhalfen
Cross Timbers Church Missions Pastor Bryce Olson was in Uganda when Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas. As soon as he returned he knew he had his work cut out for him. He, along with his team, quickly started reaching out to places to figure out what the church could do to help. They found a church in the area that was a sort of hub for the Port Aransas community and began working with them right away.
“We started working with Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Port Aransas to find out what the community needed and what we could do to help,” said Bryce. “They were very well connected to the community and able to give us a pretty clear picture of where they needed help.”
The mission crew from Cross Timbers has already made two trips and are going for a third trip in December. Their first project was to help the church get their daycare facility up and running which required a great deal of clean up. It was pivotal for the people of Port Aransas as there was no other daycare available and many weren’t able to return to their jobs. The daycare reopened the following week.
On their next trip, they were assigned two families that needed help. These were not members of the church, just two families in need in the community. One needed plumbing help and the other needed interior work. Once their job was completed, the mission crew became the go-to contact for neighbors that needed odd jobs done.
One lady in particular needed help from them. She suffered from a medical condition and after the hurricane, all of the walls of her house had to be taken down. Olson and his crew installed insulation and paneling in the living room. On their next trip, they’ll be working on the flooring and finishing the fencing in the backyard.
In addition to the work the mission crew has done, the church collected supplies and brought them to Galveston via 18-wheeler. Within a few days they also loaded a U-Haul which was taken to Ecclesia Church in downtown Houston.
The best thing is that all Cross Timbers Church campuses participated as well as many who didn’t even belong to the church. Bryce emphasized that not only do these people still need help, any help is welcome.
“Anyone is welcome to serve with us any time,” said Bryce. “The most important thing is that we all come together.”
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