It’s been a long time since my feet have felt like they were on fire. Ha! That’s how it went down yesterday while in Little Axe, OK. It was about 6pm, and half of our response team, aka ‘the roofers – the Julios’ (the same name given to each of us by our supervisor, Uncle Ted), were on the final stretch trying to finish the roof of a double wide mobile home. After about 9 hours on top of that roof, three days later, it was pretty hilarious to see all of us starting to get on each others nerves while at the same time cracking up to every dumb little comment being made. It was hard. It was hot. The roof was sticking to our feet. We were thirsty. We were laughing. My feet felt like they were on fire. Jonsal’s straw hat kept rubbing against mine which was getting on my nerves. We were running on fumes at this point. It was awesome!! We had one goal, one finish line, one objective – finish the roof! So we pressed on. A little more chalking. A few more cuts. A few more nails to drop. The final delirious laughs. One more roof vent to set. A few more obnoxious comments. And then it happened… We finished the roof. We cleaned up and came down the ladder for the last time to some good ole fashioned 4th of July burgers and hotdogs prepared for us by the ever so grateful homeowners. While Bill was saying grace for the food, he kept choking up as he thanked God for his family, God’s provisions, the team from San Antonio, and his new roof. It was humbling to hear it. The burning feet were no more. There were smiles all around. We felt blessed. We knew at that very moment why were were there in Oklahoma, and why we had launched Project Give Moore. It was for Bill and the 23 others living in that home. It was for Kenny. (By the way, the other team wrecked that debris pile up on Kenny’s lot. Kenny’s home was literally ripped to shreds and blown away, and he was left with piles of debris and trees all over his property. Three days ago we had no idea whether we’d even be able to make a dent. Three days later it was ALL cleared and prepped to have his new house moved in. I’m telling you, the other crew killed it!) This trip was for us to look at the devastation right in the face and be changed by it. I am so proud of the entire crew. They worked hard. They worked long hours. They pushed through the pain and soreness every single day. They played soccer. They became a closer family. They showed respect, love and care for each other and for complete strangers. They loved God, and they loved people. They grew together in our week long life group. They went glocal. They finished strong. It was a privilege and an honor to serve with every single one of them this week.
Project Give Moore Response Team
Roger, Bro. Prouty, Roman, Leo, Alex, Jonsal, Anthony, Carmen, Vic, Julia, Jonathan, Medardo, Luis, Jehu, Daniel, Roger, Chris, Justin, Alvaro, Rogelio, Jorge, Lucas