ANDERSON, Ind. — The rains came and the waters rose. The relentless, rising water on Colorado’s Front Range in the end swept up roads, houses and lives in what proved to be catastrophic flooding. The disastrous deluge swept through Lyons, Longmont and Boulder, Colo., the week of Sept. 9. A month later, it was still a devastating situation when Anderson volunteers arrived to help out.
Members of Anderson’s Faith Church set out for Colorado on Oct. 6. Associate Pastor of Outreach Carl Lamb and church members Steven Beverly, Dale Smith and Steve Smith were on a single mission.
“We go out there to represent Christ … with acts of kindness and compassion,” said Lamb.
The foursome made the trip under the umbrella and leadership of the Convoy of Hope, a national faith-based organization that seeks to bring help and hope to people in need. Disaster response is among their missions.
“It’s really hard to explain. When you go, people are so frustrated and distressed,” said volunteer Steven Beverly. “Just showing up there, lending them a hand … There’s just something really special about that.” Beverly noted that communities stricken with disaster get a lot of attention in the first two or three weeks. After that, there’s less support, but the victims are still reeling from and coping with the devastation.
“It was important to me to go on this trip to show them God cares for them and I’m there because of it,” said Beverly.
When the Anderson contingent arrived in Colorado, prepared to camp out if necessary, Lamb described what they found, “A lot of desperation, a lot of hopelessness.”
The team spent four days pitching in every which way they could, working with guidance from Convoy of Hope volunteer service director Nick Wiersma. Lamb said it’s not a matter of making judgments about what needs to happen.