( Story of a mother of an ADRN volunteer’s cousin )
One mother’s home was affected by the floods and as the waters rose, she remained in the house and stood in water up to her armpits most of the night, inside her house. She watched her BBQ pit float by outside of the window. The Fire Dept, who were clearing homes, did not see her at first. One of the men felt stirred to look again. He went back an hour later to look for any remaining survivors in the area. He found her! She said after her rescue, that all she did the whole night was pray…and the Lord sent someone back to find her! She lost everything, and left her home with only the clothes on her back (+ meds).
( Story of a Volunteer’s Observance from the field )
“We went out to the disaster site ( William Cannon and Pleasant Valley ), and believe me when I say, this is a SERIOUS disaster. MANY, MANY people are hurting… Some people have not eaten in two days because they couldn’t drive in or out of the valley - some wounded; no free medical units… Some people saw neighbors fall from their roofs and float away. They saw whole houses and cars came toward them ( as they sat on the roof inches from water ), most times barely missing direct impact with their perch. People waited 5 or 6 hours to be rescued, and many never got rescued; they just waited for the waters to recede.
I only tell you this to highlight the need for volunteers, for family sponsors, for prayer. ~Blessings, Katherine”
Case 3: Field Story from an ADRN Emotional Care Volunteer
Frankly, I have lost count of how many families I have had the opportunity to meet with yesterday and today. I do know that there is an overwhelming appreciation that ADRN and the Austin Church is out there caring for this community that has been so devastated by this flood.
One encounter particularly impacted me today. A young single mother with a a nine month old baby began sharing her story with me and it was very hard to keep my emotions in check. She was very confused and scared as the water began entering her rented home, not knowing what she should do to protect her baby. A neighbor came to her and assisted her in climbing up to the roof of his home to escape the rapidly rising and fast moving water. In the confusion and fear of the moment this young mother did not think to grab anything but her baby boy, thus no clothes or diapers, no food, no documents, nothing.
Long hours siting on the roof, with no ability to change diapers or feed the baby was very stressful, plus when they could climb down she faced the realization that there was nothing left to retrieve. This young woman had a job at an assisted living center, but her child care was provided by a neighbor, one that had also lost their house and is now evacuated thus creating a work dilemma. She lost her WIC (food support) card for the child, she lost her ID, her social security card, both their birth certificates, all personal documents. She has spent the last two nights in the evacuation center as she has no family living in Texas. She has no car, no phone and frankly was feeling there was no hope as she came to us today.
To say that there is tremendous need in this situation is an understatement, one that is both short and long term. I felt very privileged but inadequate as I met and prayed with this young lady, but of course the power and resources will come from the Lord. There are many other stories, each with unique aspects, but the in the end all need people to respond and come alongside and give them an assist during this difficult time. What better time for the body of Christ to manifest care and love to those He loves. I heard many expressions of gratefulness for the “Church” coming out and being there for this community. I pray that we can continue to serve and care for these hurting families.
I hope this brief story provides some additional insight.