Today the team was able to join with a fire fighting team from Los Angeles to assess the damage of another property and help with more debris removal. It took a while to actually find the property, due to them being on the wrong side of the street. But this was an easy mistake as the only evidence of dwelling on the other side was a letter box, all the rest was was gone, debris strewn everywhere and a collapsed mobile home on the edge of a gully. They soon realized it would take heavy machinery to deal with this clean up.
After that they returned back to base and took some time to debrief the deployment as a team. It was good for them to talk over the the different things they had done, what they had learned, their experiences and things they would do differently in the future. This was Rhoda’s last day who flew back today. So after debrief it was off to the airport to say goodbye to Rhoda but also arrange changing tickets for Ans. Thanks to many prayers and the generous people at United Airlines, Ans was able to change her flight tickets free of charge!
Later in the afternoon at the church it was time for more heavy lifting. They helped a bunch of people from the church unload a semi trailer full of donated food items, baby items (millions of diapers!), bedding tools, water (billions of bottles!) and much more. Eliza described it as “a bit wild at first, like ants going everywhere, but Dave quickly got us organized and we formed a very speedy line passing boxes of donations from the truck all the way to the store rooms”. They were trying to beat the weather as the clouds and rain began rolling in, and just as they were losing strength a team of strapping young lads arrived to sub in for them. Thankfully they got everything squared away before the rain set in.
Dave helping unload the semi trailer
Before they left to head home they quickly met as a team to prepare for the chance of severe weather hitting the area in the evening. The whole area was on alert for severe thunder storms, hail stones and possible tornados, so they thought they better prepare themselves for whatever came. They packed “bug out” bags (inspired by Rhoda), a collection of essentials they would keep with them throughout the evening. Each pack contained some food, rain protection/shelter, water, flashlight and a few other survival items. So far the weather has been pretty tame in their area but please keep the team and residents of Oklahoma in your prayers as the storm moves through.
Over the last couple of days they’ve been trying to work out when’s best to leave, and after much prayer and communication decided the end of the week would be best. So they are spending their last two days in which they will return one last time to friends in McLoud. They hope to get a lot done still and finish by being a huge blessing! Then part of the team will return home Friday, followed by the other half who will leave via Dallas, Texas, on Saturday. Please continue to pray for them, and the remaining finances still needed. If you would like to help you can donate via the link below: