Harvey Relief (Update)
Last month we shared a little about Dave’s trip to help with rebuilding in Houston. This month, we thought we would share one specific story of what God did there.
“Edgar was a part of the four week Cru spring break relief mission that drew over 1,000 collegiate volunteers from over 50 campuses around the US. In total, 35,244 volunteer hours were given to serving the Rosharon community outside of Houston.
Five new homes, framed and almost complete, now stand in Rosharon. Dozens of other homes that needed new walls, new ceilings, and a fresh coat of paint now serve as the visible testimonies of the deeper stories that emerged over Spring Break.
Students like Edgar walked into the bigger story of God at work in Rosharon. One day, while working on the foundations for a new home, Edgar decided to take a break and see if he could meet any residents. Along with Cru staff member Brandon Boyd, Edgar ran into Kim. She and her husband Pang have been living in a corrugated tin roof shack since late August when the floodwaters of Harvey destroyed their home. The new foundations that Edgar and the Cru volunteers are working on will soon be Kim and Pang’s new home.
The conversation with Kim soon includes her husband Pang. Edgar and Brandon ask about their faith. They are Buddhists. But they are also interested in hearing more about Jesus. Here in the shadows of the new foundations, under the din of power tools, Kim and Pang hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. At times, Brandon wonders if his Cambodian audience understands all the words. Thanks to Edgar’s quick thinking, the Google Translate app now illuminates his phone. He finds Khmer, the language of Cambodia. Edgar wants to make sure they understand the promises of Jesus in their own heart language. Kim and Pang indicate they want to receive Jesus in their life. Right here. Right now. Edgar and Brandon hesitate. They explain the invitation of Jesus again, not wanting to pressure or force or misunderstand. After praying out loud in Khmer, Kim and Pang ask if all of the volunteers working on their new foundations can gather together. They want to make a public profession of faith.”
Thanks again for your partnership with us in the Lord’s work which allows us to be a part of God’s bigger story.
Dave & Lynn