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.