Mark Hazelet, WCN Volunteer Coordinator, recently returned from Joplin, MS. He took a small team to help families struggling with the rebuilding process. One of the homes they were working on had been totally gutted and was not livable, the owner and her daughter are dependent on the compassion of others to be able to have a place of their own. She related the following story to our volunteer team.
The lady, a manager at a nursing home, got to know a distant relative from the nursing home. The two became close and the elderly relative moved in with this lady and daughter a few years prior to the tornado. The day of the storm, the elderly relative saw the warnings on TV and called for the mom and daughter to come and see. They looked out the window and straight into the tornado. They wheeled the older lady into a center walk in closet and rode out the tornado there. Even though walls were blown in, others were blown out, and the upstairs was completely gone – they all survived. A few months later the elderly lady passed away, but she willed her house that had sat vacant for 20 years to the lady that had been her caregiver. The house was in bad shape and needed to be totally gutted. Our team helped a team from a church in Baltimore, MD insulate, side and drywall the house.
But thanks to the kindness of complete strangers – this shell of a house is becoming a home. The broken is being repaired, the destroyed is being resurrected, and the love of Christ is being shown abroad. The work teams are not just rebuilding homes, they are helping people rebuild their lives.
Those of you who support WCN either by praying or financially have a part of being the hands and feet of Christ to this lady. As you look through these pictures, please say a prayer for the people who are still struggling with loss and for more people to share the burden of rebuilding. If you would like to be a team member for future work trips, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the volunteer form by clicking here. And again – thank you.
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world
These are the words of the 16th Century Roman Catholic Saint and Carmelite nun, Teresa of Avila (1515-82).