What A Relief
Monday 17 October 2005, 8:20 pm
came to our church, Calvary Chapel of San Jose,
talk about opportunities for volunteers to do relief work on the
Gulf coast. One of our members, Don Schottman,
had already been
to Mississippi even before CityTeam gave their presentation. Mary
said she wanted to go. Now that she is no longer working, we both
have the free time to do this. We had considered spending this
autumn in New England, the winter in Arizona, and the spring in
Italy, but God has other plans for us, for the autumn, anyway.
of CityTeam was happy to talk to us this afternoon.
In addition to Don, CCSJ members Joe Smith
and his wife have also gone
to Mississippi. CityTeam has ongoing relief efforts in both Mississippi
and Louisiana, but right now they are mostly sending people to
They put Don to work putting on a roof, but I think that building
has been finished and most of the "heavy lifting" is done. Right now it
seems they are working mostly on light construction, fixing the building
interiors, cleaning up, feeding the homeless, and helping people
find their families, which requires some computer skills. But
we're willing to help out however we can.
Because of other activities, we were trying to position our window
between November 16 and January 20, hopefully not right at Christmas.
(Mary's brother Robert Boston
is a missionary to Paraguay but home
on furlough until February, and we want to spend as much time with
his family as possible.)
But because of conflicts trying to get all our
families together at Thanksgiving, we told Debra that we would be
available then. She was very happy because it is apparently difficult
to find volunteers during that period.
We will attend a training meeting for two hours the evening of
Tuesday, October 25. These training meetings are open to all, and if
you're thinking you might like to be involved in this work, you are
welcome to come by the meeting as a drop-in. It's the best way to
get the whole scoop about everything that's happening. In fact,
Mary and I still know very little about what we're getting ourselves
in for, and we'll remain ignorant until the Tuesday meeting.
Debra advised us to get shots, Hepatitis A/B and Tetanus TD. She says
some also get Typhoid, but we don't know why. We have already called
our doctor and we can get these shots as walk-ins at his clinic. We
plan to do that right away tomorrow morning.
It costs CityTeam $1500 to send one person to Mississippi for two
weeks. We are not required to pay the $3000 for our own passage.
But the money does come from donations. We can probably afford to
make a donation to help pay our expenses, but not everyone can.
We don't need your money since this isn't costing us anything.
But your donation might make it possible for some other volunteer
We really appreciate your prayers!
CityTeam has a web page about their hurricane relief efforts:
CityTeam San jose has a powerful ministry to the homeless:
Calvary Chapel San Jose is sending help to hurricane victims through Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain in Georgia which is coordinating relief efforts on behalf of Calvary Chapels.