Author: Sarah Rexford
When disaster swoops in, most people desire to step forward and lend a helping hand. After all, God created humanity in His own image. Helping to show the love of God is a privilege, and doing so as a response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey helps impact lives in a very tangible way.
It’s hard to turn on the news and see reports of hurricanes or fires and not want to do at least something for those in need. Lending a helping hand as a swift response to disaster is one thing, sticking it out months later is another.
Recently Brian Anderson visited families who were effected by Hurricane Harvey to follow-up and identify what needs still exist.
Hurricane Harvey swept in six months ago, and six months later, families are still facing challenges pertaining to recovery. Maria (pictured above) expressed the difficulties that come with living without basic essentials: no running water, electricity, kitchen, or bathroom. This makes daily life much more difficult.
But perhaps more heart wrenching was when she shared her story about her children.
Maria’s children also survived the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, but not without consequence.
The children were rescued on a jet ski, trapped in water over six feet deep, their father hanging on to a tree… Understandably, today they live with the aftereffects of watching tons of water wash in and ruin their lives.
Maria and her husband have to continually reassure their children that everything will be okay. This psychological trauma has touched so many affected. You could see it as they shared their stories with tear-filled eyes.
Six months may feel like a long amount of time to live without necessitates basic to daily life, because it is a long time. That’s why International Aid continues to show the love of God by meeting needs for those effected.
We are thankful for the opportunity to continue bringing support to people like Maria and her family.
Together we are making a difference.
Together we are impacting lives.
The more support we show to victims of this hurricane, the more we impact…and consequently, the more we get to show the love of God.