From Staff Reports
Scenes of damage and destruction streaming across television screen bring back memories of slightly more than a year ago when Jeff and Sandy Keller along with Cameron Corpier journeyed as part of the Christ In Action team to help Port Aransas citizens following Hurricane Harvey.
Sandy noted getting started proved to be the easy part. “I went to their website, ChristInAction.com/volunteer for a very short application,” Sandy said. “I watched a five minute video of instructions and basically I started packing. I was also happy to find that there was no application fee required.”
As the Kellers rolled off the Highway 59 ramp and into their convoy on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, they passed through Marshall on I-20 in route to Corpus. The next day they worked all day setting up camp – electrical, plumbing – hooking up the mobile shower and kitchen trailers.
“They promised me just three things: three meals a day, a shower, and all the work I can stand… and they delivered,” Sandy exclaimed. The work offered unexpected rewards. “Our first day 2 days we gutted a house down to the studs to prepare for rebuilding and carried everything to the curb for city pick-up,” Sandy said. “We turned a big covered trailer back upright that had been laid on its side by the high winds.
“We restored a large tree to its original position. This was a special tree as it was the one the homeowner planted 15 years ago in memory and honor of her son who died in Afghanistan. She and her husband were very, very appreciative.” The work continued with the Kellers cutting limbs and hauling debris to the curb. They also found a couple with a Jefferson connection.
“One couple had lost everything,” Sandy said. “They are relatives of Jefferson residents, Harold and Karen Crumbie. I was able to take them a chain saw, supplies and other items from Harold and Karen.” Sandy is high in her praise of Christ In Action.
Christ in Action is a great organization representing hundreds of churches across America,” Sandy said. “Denny and Sandy Nissley founded of Christ in Action. They are celebrating their 36th year of disaster relief work. I have known Denny for nearly 40 years.” The team works together to help those in need, pray for and share Jesus with them. You need not have any church affiliation to work with this organization. Sandy notes they are just very happy to have volunteers.
A presentation on Christ In Action with pictures, videos and answering questions will be held at the Jefferson Central Church, 604 N. Walnut on Monday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Even if a person cannot physically go to help, they may wish to see what this 501(c)(3) organization is all about as there will be other opportunities to serve and we also need some other services to make this trip a success.
“Serving with this organization was one of the best experiences that I have ever had,” Sandy said. “I hope you come Monday and see what this organization is all about and how you can make a difference as we work together to ‘Bring Hope to America’s Families.’”
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