In the short span of two transformative and challenging weeks, Patmos vans filled with students and leaders have traveled across the country and back in response to the natural disasters in Texas and Florida. During Sunday morning service at Coast Hills Church, Pastor Chet announced the Patmos 19 class as their first relief team being sent to Houston. The expressions of surprise and excitement on the students’ faces were priceless!
A day later, our team joined Calvary Chapel Houston in their efforts to bring hope and help those who have lost everything. Nearly a month following Hurricane Harvey, the condition of certain neighborhoods was unbelievably devastating. Concluding the month of Faith, Patmos 19 had the opportunity to put their faith into action and practically work it out. Every day our team demolished the ground levels of several condos that were damaged by 6 feet of flood water, as debris continued to pile up in their yards and throughout the streets. Until you actually go where disaster has struck and encounter the people affected by it personally, you don’t realize how temporary and corruptible the things of this world truly are.
So many Americans place their hope in their tangible possessions, but when circumstances they can’t control take all of those away, they’re left without hope. Beginning the month of Hope three weeks ago, Patmos 19 was able to share the love of Christ with those whose hope was wavering in Naples, Florida. We arrived only one week after Hurricane Irma hit the southwest part of the state and partnered with First Baptist Church of Naples to help in any way needed. Many homes were still out of power and there were fallen trees and brush everywhere you looked. Our team met several homeowners while cleaning up their yards, and got the chance to pray with them and play with their kids. Their joy and laughter was amazing to witness considering their circumstances.
As the students were poured into through classes and daily scripture memorization, their zeal to work hard in both Houston and Naples was evident because of Christ in them. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). As people heard about our mission to give hope in this trying time, and how our team drove across the country simply to serve those in need, the light of Christ brought hope to the hopeless as the church united to be His hands and feet.
Thank you for your prayers as Patmos 19 was sent out, and we ask that you would continue praying for the families affected by these catastrophic events—not only in Houston and Naples, but also in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, and other parts of the world. God bless!