The giant storm, Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston on September 12, and then traveled up Highway 45, left incredible destruction. It was rated as a Cat 2 storm, with the surge equal to a Cat 3. Over 2 million homes in Houston were left without power, as well as homes from Galveston to Huntsville. Downtown Houston looked like a war zone (so did my neighborhood!) and it is said that every living household, up to 4 million people, sustained some damage.
Now, following the storm, I am so proud of Houston! I already realized the heart of Houstonians when I worked closely with a Hurricane Katrina shelter, and witnessed the incredible response of our people. With this storm, I am able to see that heart in action again. Neighbor helping neighbor, checking on each other, sharing with one another, sacrificing for each other. I LOVE OUR CITY!
Our next door neighbor immediately offered to share their generator to keep our refrigerator running. They drive it over in their truck twice a day for us to use. Gas is scarce, but they insist in sharing with us.
I could not help but contrast this disaster with one which my good friends lived through. In a far away land, their family survived a great earthquake. The nationals did not know how to react, did not know how to reach out a helping hand. They stood around waiting to be told what to do. My friends were able to leave a positive testimony of their Christian faith as they sacrificially reached out in love to hurting people.
I am posting some storm photos I want to remember. The first two are from Bolivar Peninsula. The one lone house was built to withstand the wind and surge of a Cat 5 storm. It withstood the test.
A bit of humor helped alleviate some of the stress!