By now many of you have heard of the damage CSM Houston sustained at the hands of Hurricane Ike. I was in Austin for 5 days after the storm, so was not able to see it until Thursday of last week. Thankfully, we had two great crews of friends who answered my last-minute pleas and came out to help us clean up. On Friday we emptied out the staff housing rooms and on Saturday we hauled all the detritus to the dumpster and also cleaned up some minor damage to the group rooms in the Children's Building. We lost about 6 mattresses in 2 group rooms due to roof leaks. In the Staff Housing, we lost everything that was soft--7 mattresses, 3 couches, cushions, pillows, etc. We were able to save a lot of wooden items--dressers, bed frames, coffee tables, etc. We will let the electronics dry out and then see if they still work (microwave, mini-fridge, vacuum cleaner).
We are grateful for the many prayers offered on our behalf and for all those who came out to help:
Meg & Marcus Asby
Sol & Jonathan Edwards (and their friend JD)
The rebuilding and re-configuration of the gym building is still to come and Servants of Christ Methodist (our host church) has a long road ahead with insurance claims, etc. I'll try to keep you posted as that progresses.
Please continue to pray for the people of the Gulf Coast, especially Houston and Galveston, as our recovery continues.
Paul, CSM Houston City Director