While there, a tornado hit in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. Four loaded up and drove there. They spent the time cutting trees fallen by the storm. The trip was cut short by the COVID Pandemic.
In August, three loaded up a truck and headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to clean up after they were hit by a Durango storm. We tarped roofs and cut a number of trees that miraculously left little damage to structures.
A group returned to Cedar Rapids in October to witness the opening of an Eight Days of Hope Regional Distribution Center. This center will house equipment that
can be mobilized anywhere in the Midwest to assist in a disaster recovery effort.
In three trips, we worked 50 days or 400 hours helping people and sharing God’s word.
Houston TX, March 2018
Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in August of 2017. It will go down as one of the worse disasters ever seen by mankind. Over 350,000 homes in the state were affected by over 50 inches of rain in a short period of time. Over 90% of the families that received damage did not have flood insurance because they did not live in a flood zone leaving them little resources with which to rebuild. This is where we come in! A group from Shepherd of the Hills traveled to Houston in March 2018. The primary work they completed was rebuilding damaged homes due to flooding. The people there were very appreciative of Eight Days of Hope Volunteers. A roofing nail got into the truck tire and a local business fixed it for free out of gratitude for the help on hurricane relief. After a hard, hot day of work, we gathered together for worship. It was an amazing experience.
Lafayette, LA , June 2017
The catastrophic floods that struck Louisiana in August of 2016 will go down in the history books. They brought destruction to over 140,000 homes in the state with over 25 inches of rain in the first week. Many of these families did not have flood insurance because they did not live in a flood zone leaving them little resources with which to rebuild. This is where we come in! Eight Days of Hope served the Lafayette area through Love Acadiana. Our goal was to use the gifts that God has given us to bless others and share the love of Jesus! Shepherd of the Hills Connected with Eight Days of Hope and sent a team that was part of a thousand people helping the citizens in Lafayette, Louisiana, during the week of June 4th.
Kingstree South Carolina, October 2016
Eight Days of Hope is serving the Georgetown and Williamsburg counties through the Winyah Bay Longterm Recovery Group. Our goal was to use the gifts that God has given us to bless others and share the love of Jesus!
Our Eight Days of Hope Mission Team got a delayed start due to Hurricane Matthew, but they left Saturday, October 8, Stopped at a hotel and got there Sunday Afternoon. The roads were so bad that we needed a police escort to get to our destination. Our group is among over 1400 Christians from 40 States that are gathered in the small town of Kingstree SC to help them recover and rebuild from the flooding of October 2015 and aid in immediate disaster relief from Hurricane Matthew and to celebrate Christ. So grateful for this opportunity to serve.
Tupelo Mississippi, July 2015
Question? Why a mission trip? In my heart, God calls out to us to expand and grow out in our faith. All of us have demands that pull us in all different directions for our time. That was true for all four of us who went to Tupelo Mississippi but God rearranged our schedules to make it work. Getting out and serving side by side with Christian brother’s and sister’s really gives you a sense of God’s church not being confined to 4 walls on a Sunday. The Holy Spirit was working side by side with each one of us on that project. I believe the biggest misconception that folks have is they don’t have a skill they could use on a disaster relief trip, but I have seen it first-hand that he uses all of his children in many unique ways. So step out and be the hands and feet of Jesus and put your fears aside. I guarantee you will see God and strengthen your walk with him.