Hurricane Ian, day 17…


“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This is Laura, she has worked laundry and mud out for two different teams. She leaves for Arizona tomorrow…
Wheel barrows go out, this is Bob, our new Blue Hat…
Wheel barrows come in, this is Terry on his first call out. I liked him the moment I met him..
This is Kathy, we have worked together before. I like her…
This is Fran, we have worked together more than a few times. I like her too…
This is Mark on his first call out. He is really a hard worker, and fun guy…
Evening debrief…

Hurricane Ian, day 16…


Hello Norma and Dave, just wanted to reach out and send you a note to say thank you, thank you!!  The guys from your outfit came out to our home to help David and boy did they do a great job.  We felt so blessed by you two and are very grateful that God used you to bless us with our tree problems.

David took the whole crew out to lunch, which was the least we could do. Please let us know if there are any prayers, we can offer up for you and yours. If we don’t hear from you, have a good trip home back to Arizona and a wonderful Thanksgiving. Once again, thank you for opening your hearts to us and Norma, I can still feel your hug. 😇

We got the above note from a homeowner that we assessed a few weeks back…

We started a new home today and the owner asked if we could save her marble countertop, if at all possible. Well, anything is possible with Team Arizona…
Secure and safe. Thanks to Bob, Mark, Dennis, Terry, and Mark…

We took Norm with us today as we needed a Chaplain to minister to the homeowner. She did a great job…

“but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
‭‭John‬ ‭20‬:‭31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Hurricane Ian, day 15…


Fort Myers Beach…
This series of photos are all from the beach area…
Many homes and the church Norm worked out of are condemned. Under this house is another house! The one you see came from somewhere and landed on it!!!
Our final debris pile…
This is the house we worked on yesterday. Finished as best we could, a new house tomorrow…

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labour of the olive shall fail, And the fields shall yield no meat; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, And he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬-‭19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Hurricane Ian, day 14…


Great time worshiping this morning..
Even though it is Sunday, the mold never rests. Yesterday I picked up our mud-out team and today after service we hit the ground running. Joining a Texas team that started this house two days ago we all got after it…
Bob working in a closet…
Fran working in what used to be the kitchen…
Kathy pulling nails…
Mark and a fella from the Texas team cleared this entire garage and removed the damaged overhead door…
We are running out of space for debris!!!

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭4‬-‭6‬ ‭

Hurricane Ian, day 13…


“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭
I didn’t go out today. I worked for the feeding unit, so I thought I would show where we are based. McGregor Baptist Church.
We are ramping up here, in two days we will have 96 servants for the Lord. This tent is for the men…
The Sanctuary…
135 acre’s in all…
Some of our equipment…

Hurricane Ian, day 12…


Norm has been working with other Chaplains serving at Beach Church, Fort Myers Beach. They are praying and helping the residents cope with this disaster. When she gets a moment, she finds some nice shells…
This guy was hanging around the feeding unit this morning…
This my new job. I went out for two days with my adopted mud out team from Tennessee. They took really good care of me. But I was needed in the kitchen, so I stored my recovery tools and strapped on an apron…
With the White Hat himself overseeing this operation. I used the AZDR truck to recover this errant forklift that got stuck in the grass…

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭28‬-‭31‬ ‭

Hurricane Ian, day 11…


We had to cut 8 foot of drywall in this garage…
The side and back yard of the house we are working on….
This guy has been freaking out our team for two days now. He goes with that weird clown from day 9…
Green mold…
This is Deb and Pippi…
I worked all afternoon trying to get this cabinet out…

“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”
‭‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬-‭16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Ft Myers Beach…


Hard to believe the destruction that came from here…
Best shot I could get…

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭1‬-‭6‬ ‭

Hurricane Ian, day 10


A must have item for today’s disaster relief…
In the neighborhood where I worked today. Norm went off to Ft Myers Beach with a group of other Chaplains and did a lot of ministry..
This is my adopted team from Tennessee. They are all from the same church and here with their Pastor…
In our chow tent…
The closer to ground zero, the less animals we encounter…
I am not sure I am happy about this freaky looking clown surviving…?

“looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ ‭

Hurricane Ian, day 9…


Our last day at FBC Venice. They filled up again…
Norm had a ministry appointment in the morning, we packed up that afternoon and headed south to Ft Myers…
Our new home church…
My new place…
Cool wrap on this trailer…
Our new dining hall is a tent…
Mostly AZDR at this table!!!

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ ‭