Joe and Sadi, parents of seven children, living in a 3 bedroom flat, were devastated when Hurricane Harvey badly damaged their home. They decided to stay in their home even after the roof was struck by a tree limb causing severe leakage and water damage throughout the home. Damages consisted of a roof collapse, ceilings damaged from water leaks, flooring ruined, water and mold damage, broken windows, damaged electrical wiring and gas lines, siding needed repair, and an unusable back door leaving only one entry and exit to the entire house.
The pastor of the church where we (GoServ Global and Service International) are basing our operation from, asked if we could possibly help this family of nine who had never asked anyone for help.
Joe had worked at a job for which he was on call 24/7, and it took him away from his family more than he could bear. Two years ago he made a decision to leave that job for something that didn’t pay as well, because his family was more important to him than making more money.
Since then things have been hard, but when the storm came, it was more than they could handle. Without insurance or a place to stay, Joe was slowly trying to put his life back together, and that’s when Service International & GoServ Global stepped in to serve this family.
We started by demolishing the back two rooms of the house and rebuilding from scratch. We built a new foundation and went up from there. Now they will have a new kitchen with a place to seat and feed this family of nine, and a new bathroom with a bathtub and double vanity. They have new plumbing and electric, a new roof; we tore off the old one and repaired the holes before laying new shingles. It rained the day after the new roof was on, and they said it was wonderful that they didn’t have to get buckets to catch the water coming in through the ceiling. We haven’t finished yet but we are excited about how far it has come.
Thanks to donations, Service International and GoServ Global has replaced the following:
- Plywood, Flashing, Shingles
- Vinyl Siding, 8 New Windows, Front Door, Back Door, Rebuilt Wood Steps to back door
- Insulation, 2 X 4s, Drywall, Base Trim, Paint, New Electrical Wiring, Outlets & Covers, Light Switches & Plates, 2 Ceiling Fans, Bathtub, Bathroom Vanity, Toilet, Kitchen Starter Cabinet Set for Upper & Lower w/ Sink, and Plumbing
- OSB Subflooring, Waterproof laminate flooring
To give to help more families like Joe and Sadi’s, https://goservglobal.org/give/ and Choose Hurricane Harvey in the dropdown. To volunteer, call Dennis Anderson at (712)887-0862. Another GoServ Global team will be leaving November 7th to serve in Houston!
In addition to regular schooling in Haiti, GoServ Global also offers a “Professional School” that’s held in late afternoon/early evening where older students & community members can learn a trade like sewing, construction, masonry, business, etc.
Profession School started earlier this week – here are a few of the students enrolled!
GoServ Global is partnering with Service International to provide help to the people of Houston following Hurricane Harvey. GoServ Global Domestic Director Dennis Anderson & crew spent yesterday gutting & cleaning two homes that had 3 to 4 feet of water in them.
Earlier this week, the Garner (Iowa) community “Stuffed the Bus” with needed supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims. Several businesses in town collected items, and all the school kids at GHV held various fundraisers that raised a total of $3,437 for hurricane relief!! Huge thanks to GoServ Global Ambassador Deb Schmidt for helping organize the project!
There is still time to help with Hurricane Harvey. You may give at https://goservglobal.org/give/ and choose “Hurricane Harvey” in the dropdown.
To volunteer, call Dennis Anderson at (712)887-0862.
Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti one year ago today. We praise God for your support & all that’s been done, but much more is still needed. We ask that you continue to pray for Haiti and especially for our leaders there.
Click on the link below to learn how your donations are making a difference in Haiti.
#HurricaneMatthew #PrayforHaiti #SafeTHome
In the past year, 33 GoServ Global mission teams served in Haiti!
• Built Safe T Homes
• Repaired buildings
• Assisted with agricultural projects
• Served in the dental clinic
• Held abandoned babies
• Taught VBS
• Loved on kids
• Uplifted our leaders
• Prayed together with our Haitian friends
Visit goservglobal.org to learn more about serving around the world with GoServ Global.
100% of the 200 Safe T Homes® – engineered by Sukup Manufacturing – withstood Hurricane Matthew in Haiti – with winds up to 145 mph! Only 10% of the traditional homes in the area remained after the hurricane.
“Because Haiti is a country of natural disasters, people have in their minds that their homes are temporary,” shared Eddy, GoServ Global’s Haiti Director. “But, the Safe T Home has changed the mindset of the people, so not only are they living in safe homes, they are also living with peace inside of them.”
Safe T Home Facts:
•Double roof reflects heat – it’s 10 degrees cooler inside the home
•Houses up to 10 people in a standard 18-foot unit that includes a loft
•Suitable dwelling after a disaster or as permanent housing
•Can be built in a few hours with simple hand tools
Safe T Home Costs:
1 Home = $5,700
Shipping & Concrete Floor for 1 Home = $1,300
Total = $7,000
To donate toward a Safe T Home, visit https://goservglobal.org/give/
Safe T Homes stand strong after the hurricane compared to the traditional building at this orphanage
GoServ Global’s Latest Project – using the Safe T Home as a birthing center
When Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti nearly one year ago, Bethel Orphanage was hit hard, making the lone building unlivable.
Thanks to your support, GoServ Global has built 4 Safe T Homes, a kitchen, bathroom facilities with showers, a gazebo, installed solar panels for power, and dug a well.
One of the communities most impacted by your donation dollars is the community of La Brise, an extremely poor, small fishing village in Haiti, wiped out by Hurricane Matthew nearly one year ago.
Thanks to your support, GoServ Global built 15 Safe T Homes in this community!
“There aren’t words to describe the gratitude of those receiving homes,” shared Ken DeYoung, GoServ Global Co-Founder.
By meeting the physical needs of La Brise, doors were open to share the love of Christ and good news of salvation.
During the dedication celebration this summer, families received a bucket of needed items and a bible. Many accepted Christ during the uplifting dedication service. As more and more community members learn about Jesus and read their bibles, a church is now being built in La Brise!
“It is so exciting to watch the Lord work in ways my mind would think impossible,” says Ken. “We have a God that loves to work in impossible ways!”
To give toward Hurricane Matthew Relief, visit https://goservglobal.org/give/.
Three years ago, Pastor Rivenson of the Centre de Vie Church in Les Cayes, Haiti led several street concerts up in the mountains of Camp Perrin where GoServ Global’s John 3:16 Village is located. Many people came to Christ and a seed was planted to start a church in the area since there were none around.
This past weekend, the Centre de Vie Church Plant held its first service in the new church! The whole weekend was a celebration of what God has done as Pastor Rivenson helped lead several street concerts on Friday and Saturday in Camp Perrin. God is so good!
Part of the mission of GoServ Global is to “Share God’s love by responding to disaster”, as we have done many times in the last six years. Hurricane Harvey, which recently battered southeast Texas with torrential rains, presents another opportunity for GoServ Global’s amazing volunteers and donors to respond with God’s love once again.
The devastation from the flooding in Houston and surrounding areas is truly catastrophic due to more than 50 inches of rain. Pictures and videos I have seen show widespread flooding and damage, and I am expecting recovery efforts to last many months.
A common response is for relief teams to immediately converge on the disaster area. This can be counterproductive. Relief efforts will not be able to start in earnest until the flood waters recede and the experts have a chance to better assess where the relief efforts are most needed and what those relief efforts should consist of.
GoServ Global is currently assessing the situation to determine our best response. We want to ensure that we meet both spiritual and emotional needs, as well as, physical needs. And we want to seek God’s direction on what is going to be the best way to share His love.
We have begun contacting people we know in the Houston area who will be able to tell us what the greatest needs will be. Our action plan for disaster relief will depend on the information we receive from those in the immediate affected areas. Among some of the actions we are considering include the following:
- Sending a disaster relief team to the Houston area
- Collecting donations of food and other dry goods as we have a volunteer who is willing to drive a semi load of supplies to Houston
- Accepting donations of money to establish a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund
As we formulate a plan, we will be communicating that to you with another update. In the meantime, we ask you to pray for GoServ Global as we make relief plans and ask you begin to consider how you might be able to assist with the disaster relief efforts.
If you feel called to donate, please visit https://goservglobal.org/give/ & Choose “Hurricane Harvey” in the dropdown.
Paul van Gorkom