Remember to search #GTXWest in social media for updates and pics!
Rikki Blue writes Part 1 today:
Today was our 2nd day in West, and it was another awesome day where God allowed us to love Him and the people of West. My group went to 3 different sites. The first 2 sites had the same type of work: cleaning up debris, sweeping, yard work, and other tasks. The work was somewhat tedious, but not hard, and I was thankful for the opportunity to show God’s love through our work. At times I was getting frustrated because we only have so much time here to help and people were not working very hard or standing around not working, but God reminded me to not worry. He let me realize that if I spent my time being frustrated while I worked, that my heart wasn’t in the right place. So ultimately during those times when I felt as if I was going to be frustrated, God taught me to have peace instead by either silently worshipping to myself, or stopping to pray and ask for patience. I’m very thankful for the opportunity given to help out here in West and even more grateful for the lessons I’m learning every day.
PS. SHOUT OUT TO MAGGIE
Macey Hampton writes Part 2 today:
Today was my first day in West due to a funeral I had to attend on Tuesday morning. One of my best friends was killed in a car accident Friday night in Oklahoma, so I came into this week with my heart not in a good place to serve others. Today started off pretty hard for me because all I could think about was how badly I wanted to be with my family during this hard time. While emptying out water bottles I felt as if my work was meaningless, but after lunch I was able to meet homeowners and see where the explosion took place. It was breathtaking to see how much damage was done. God really opened my eyes to why I was here while I was talking to the elderly man that patrolled the shower units. He brought up the subject of death, unaware of my situation, and opened up about how his grandson passed away recently. I knew right then that the reason I am here during this specific time is not an accident. God brought me here to show me that even in the times that I want to be the most selfish and focus on myself, I need to turn around and give to those who are hurting as well. The shower-man left his town and has volunteered his time to helping cities that have been hit by disasters. He is truly an inspiration because even though his heart is breaking for his grandson, he is pouring out love to strangers. I know my conversation with him was set up by God and that moment was meant to get my mind right about why I am here. I am so thankful for that and I am ready to tackle these next couple of days unselfishly and with a heart that wants to serve.
Please keep us in your prayers for the next few days, along with the city of West, and the Clifton family that lost their 17 year-old son Chance on Friday night.