by Bruce MacQueen, Eight Days Of Hope
Disasters come in many forms and each disaster presents unique challenges. Historically, Eight Days of Hope has responded to natural disasters including tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. This year of 2020 has been one we will never forget. Early in the year, Lisa and I served with Eight Days of Hope through three disasters.
Our first call to serve was in Olive Branch, Mississippi after tornadoes ripped through DeSoto County. Our second call was the flooding in Jackson, Mississippi. The third was the tornadoes that devastated the Nashville, Tennessee area. By March we had served approximately 60 days bringing the love of God and His compassion to families whose lives were turned upside down.
In March, the covid-19 pandemic swept the country. New opportunities to serve were presented by this disaster and Eight Days of Hope responded. God brought Lisa and me together in marriage and blessed us with the opportunity to spend our honeymoon feeding the families of Tupelo, Mississippi for 13 days, preparing and delivering almost 30,000 meals to their homes. A similar response in Buffalo, NY delivered a week’s worth of groceries to more than 1,000 families.
Disasters can be man-made, as well, such as the devastation caused by sex trafficking. Eight Days of Hope has partnered with existing ministries to offer additional housing for those who have been rescued from the sex trade, providing them with places of refuge and hope. Eight Days of Hope just finished one of those projects in Buffalo, NY in July of this year. We are preparing to work with the safe houses in Indianapolis, Tupelo, and Houston in the months ahead, bringing the total to six following the two completed last year in Texas.
Eight Days of Hope has complied with the restrictions set forth by those guiding us during the pandemic. Some of those restrictions include travel between states, social distancing during meals and worship, and the numbers of volunteers allowed at a particular site. While these restrictions limit the response by some volunteers individually, Eight Days of Hope is still loving and serving, being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
God has not left this country without hope or His presence. The love and compassion of Jesus Christ is poured out through the ministry of Eight Days of Hope as we continue to make ourselves available to His call. God is good and merciful all the time.
Eight Days of Hope is a Christian disaster relief organization dedicated to bringing the gospel of the love of God to those hurting through natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.