Urbandale Church to Help Houston Recover From Hurricane Flooding

URBANDALE, Iowa  —  A team of 10 people is leaving on Sunday for a mission trip to Houston to help rebuild homes damaged in flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Members of Timberline Church in Urbandale gathered on Saturday morning to load tools into totes before flying to Houston.

“God’s moving in churches all over the nation to come down and focus on Houston again,” said team leader Maxx Godsey. “It’s not in the news anymore, there’s always another disaster it seems somewhere around this country.”

Church members began considering this project back in October, and made an envisioning trip to Houston. The crew will work seven days there with two different churches.

“We knew from experience in the past there’s a time after a disaster there’s a lot of relief effort, food, water, clothing, and shelter,” said Godsey.  “Anywhere from a year or two years after that is where the real recovery and restoration occurs.”

Since the team is flying, it involves careful packing and carry-on items to get some power tools, batteries, and other items they will need.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of homes still that are unlivable and in desperate need of help,” said Godsey. “This is the time when the church can step in and start really helping these communities get back on their feet in a real concrete way.”