We have enjoyed sunny skies and are no longer under the ominous shadow of rainfall. Gracewood continues to be blessed with no water damage. We had some water in the parking lots, but all is well. I was able to drive to campus after the rain stopped to see it with my own two eyes … It was a gorgeous oasis of dry parking lots and status quo. We are thankful to God for His shelter and protection.

We are grateful for the inquiries and offers of help and support. Our current Gracewood families have experienced no damage and are safe. We’ve also been in contact with our former families. Amazingly, the majority are blessed with no damage as well. However, there are several staff and former families who have been dramatically impacted by water and have lost their homes and vehicles. We are working to organize resources to help those who have been affected.

Below are needs and ways you can help:

  • We are relocating some people to Gracewood. We need people who can help us move furniture. Moving items—plastic tubs, moving boxes, dollies—and manpower are needed to help prepare for these families. Please email sally.reed@gracewood.org if you are interested in this project.
  • Several former families have experienced severe loss. If you’d like to help in assisting the families who suffered loss, please contact me directly at 713-988-9757 x 8319 or jenny.rice@gracewood.org.
  • We will keep our Facebook page updated with current needs.

As many face the aftermath and clean up efforts, we humbly ask as you pray to pray for:

  • Continued thanks for God’s protection for our families and staff
  • For our friends and families who are experiencing catastrophic loss
  • For peace that God can provide for all of us

This saga isn’t over and we are hopeful we have made it through the worst. Larry Bertrand, our trustee chair shared this Bible verse:

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'”
Lamentations 3:21-24

It’s been a never-ending, 24 hr, in-your-face saga of worrying about rain and high water. But in times of tragedy, we can learn what we are made of. We often are reminded we are stronger than we know. We see the wonderful, giving spirit from so many. Thank you again for all the help.