Joe Baughman: CC Moreno Valley
Our teem arrived on Sunday evening. Lights out at 10pm - lights on at 6am. After breakfast, there are daily group devo's, then the group leaders get there teams daily assignment. There was an 8 passenger van and a well stocked trailer of tools available for us. Our first day our team of seven went to
A town called Denham Springs. Demo had been started, so we continued, pulling out drywall, Insulation, fiberglass tub/ shower units, etc., so it could dry out and be treated for mold before repair. Matthew, the owners son, was there with us. Throughout the day each of the teem members listened to his story and prayed with him, and as a team we lifted him and his family up to our Lord. About a year ago He had accepted Jesus into his heart.
Matthews flood story; when the flooding started, Matthew went to pick up his mother from her Mobile home She just purchased it a month before and had no flood insurance because she planed to move it to her son's property. He pulled into the property and water started coming in his truck doors. Matthew and his brother thought they could Wade to the back of the property to get an old boat and just walk it to her steps on the trailer. The water was chest high, and quickly rose to neck high and swept them off there feet. They were being swept toward the bridge and he thought that he was going to die. His brother grabbed a vine and Matthew caught a tree by the road. The tree limbs formed a v about 7 feet up, and the water was up to Matthews chest as he stood in the v. Somehow they got to the road, and there HAPPENED to be a truck pulling a jet ski passing by the property. They unloaded the jet ski and road it up to the top of the porch (7 steps up) and rescued his mom. The home got 10" of water inside.
We were grateful to be able to serve at an out reach at the Red Cross/FEMA center. In addition to serving dinners to many who had been at the center since the beginning of the flooding, we also asked if we could go inside to pray for people. We were told no, we could not, but one of the Red Cross workers, an elderly woman on fire for the Lord and full of the Holy Spirit said that she would bring them out to us, and that's just what she did. There was a time of worship and a pastor from our church proclaimed the Gospel. Souls were saved, and many were lifted up to our Lord. Many people who were doing well before the flood have started putting there lives back together, but the poor, the elderly, and those with other issues will have a struggle to come back. They have no home, no car, no job, and no hope, if their hope is in their earthly Possessions. I pray that Christ is there hope. We lifted many to the Lord praying for his intervention, For his miraculous touch on their lives. There were hundreds in the center that need our continued prayers. This particular Red Cross/ FEMA Center was scheduled to close on Wednesday, October 5. Most people that I prayed with did not know where they would go.
The group from our church was able to stay six days. I pray the Lord will send many groups from many churches to help the hurting people in this devastated area