Sunday, September 18, 2005

Got Some Computer Time

So we are at the HillTop Rescue in Slidell, LA. There is a family here who has a house on 6 acres. They were flooded with a few feet of water in their house. When they came back an began cleaning up, they decided with their son's family that they would begin inviting people to come and help others in the community. They partnered with this group: Hilltop and people began arriving and camping on their property. Right now there are between 40 and 60 people here helping with the work.

This group in Slidell saw many needs being met by larger organizations, such as food and clothing distribution. But noticed that the need of actually cleaning out the flood damage in people's homes was not being addressed. So they organize and send out crews from their command center to do just that.

These crews clean the residual mud from houses. They haul out the damaged property. They pull carpet, and knock out destroyed sheetrock. They also clean up fallen trees.

The needs are amazing and they are being met by this organization.

People from all over the nation have come here and are out helping each day.

I've been assigned to a crew that is working to build a latrine, because this property only has 1 bathroom for all 60 people. We should finish in the next few days and will offer 4 toilets and 4 showers! Can you imagine building a latrine in your backyard?

Please continue praying for all of us. It is unimaginably hot. I have never sweat like this in my life. It seems that you can't drink enough water and some times you can do nothing but take a break. I know that the crews out in the homes are battling the heat as well.

We'll be here for a few more days and then make the trek home.

Peace and love to all.

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