Twelve years ago this weekend, I was part of a team assembled to provide a Tyler shelter for those evacuating from New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. The experience changed my life.
One vivid memory is the arrival of two busloads of evacuees. Someone on staff had made a handwritten poster and mounted it on a wall just behind the registration table. As they entered the shelter building, each saw the eternal promise on that simple poster board: "The Lord is My Shelter." Indeed He was their shelter that day and He continues to be shelter for all victims of Harvey.
Harvey has impacted LETU in several ways. Our Houston site is closed until further notice. While we have no water in Houston building site, the flooded areas surrounding the building make it difficult, if not impossible, to access. We've communicated with our Global faculty and our dual credit partners to provide necessary accommodations to students who are unable to meet their class assignments as planned. We are on standby to provide temporary shelter to patients from a network of skilled nursing facilities should their evacuation from the Houston metro become necessary.
We've designated these on-campus points of contact as the tragedy of Harvey continues to impact our students, faculty and staff.
- COUNSELING: The LETU Counseling Center is ready to help (Contact Treva Barham, 903.233.3490)
- PRAYER: Our Missionary-in-Residence, Ed Rothfus, is organizing opportunities to gather prayer requests and pray together (Contact Ed Rothfus, 903.233.3118)
- DONATIONS: Opportunities to donate from our abundance will be coordinated (Kaylee Salser, 903-233-3115)
- SERVICE: Opportunities to serve in relief and recovery efforts (Tracy Ketrow, 903.233.3160)