When I came home from Texas in November I missed it. I missed everything: the team, the people we met, the heat and being able to help someone every day. I told my parents my plan to return in April, 2018. I’m very excited to go back to the same church and the same community. The trip will be through the same relief agency, EFCA Crisis Response, only this time I will travel with my youth group. As the only returning person on the team, I hope to lead my group through the week and capture lots of images each day.


I wonder if there will be more pictures of life and new beginnings rather than of destruction. Five months will have passed and I’m sure so much has been done since November to restore the community. I will see first hand all the work and changes that have happened. My team knows I am a crazy photographer who is always taking pictures to document our projects. I will share those images here with you.

Updated: Jan 20, 2018

My November mission trip to Corpus Christi, Texas was amazing, better than I ever could have imagined. I went to Texas to help people who had lost everything, and that’s exactly what I got to do. I got to see God work in amazing ways. I was on a team of 6 and we completely gutted the inside of a house that had such severe water damage that mold was growing all over it.

The homeowner Mary was very grateful for our help. Everyone I met was thankful for what they had left and it didn’t even matter what the storm had taken from them. Some people set up tents on the beach as they had no home left to live in. A long strip of the highway median was piled with debris, trash bags lined the streets, and the front of homes became debris piles waiting to be picked up.

I saw first-hand the total devastation of Rockport. Houses were completely gone after Harvey’s 180mph winds whipped through. It left me heartbroken and at a loss for words.

A week after I returned, I watched the news and reporters referred to Corpus Christi as “the forgotten island”. However, that is so not true. The church that housed my team has 300 teams arriving by the end of the year; roofers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, you name it! They were all over town working to get people's lives back in order.

Corpus Christi is not the forgotten island, it’s anything but that. In April I will return with my youth group to the same church in Corpus Christi and see what has been done in the past 4 months. I can’t wait to see the staff who I became friends with and to help change even more lives.

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