From the High Plains to Hawaii.
Five people in our area are headed to the Aloha State this weekend and it’s not for a summer vacation.
The fab five are all part of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention that specialize in Disaster Relief.
As we’ve seen this year, Hawaii has had one natural disaster after another:
- Kīlauea Volcano eruption
- Hurricane Lane
We spoke with a team member and team leader this afternoon and they tell us four members from Borger and one from Fritch are packing up to deploy Sunday morning. While there, they’ll mud-out homes flooded from the recent hurricane, which is basically cleaning out the mud that may have settled in homes due to the hurricane.
“Quite some time ago, I told God, I prayed about it and I felt like if there’s someplace God wanted me to go, then I was open to going, so when the opportunity came up, it wasn’t a very hard decision to think okay, I can go, I can do this,” said Donna Denton, Team Member.
For two weeks Denton and the other four will help bring not only physical relief but spiritual relief as well. She said this will be her first time in Hawaii with the disaster team and although she’s been on several mission trips in the past, most recently returning from Canada, she said this will be the furthest she’s gone to help.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of people in Borger helping those in need outside of the state.
Remember the Borger Fire Department? This month a group of them went to California to help crews there fight wildfires.
Denton said she’s anxious but ready to help share the gospel as well as bring aid for those affected by the hurricane.
She told us they’ll be staying at a Baptist Church while they’re there.