American Family Radio listeners have given tens of thousands of dollars to a Mississippi-based ministry that is hard at work in hurricane-ravaged Texas.
Jorge Cardenas, who pastors Church on the Rock in Katy, has witnessed Eight Days of Hope volunteers jump in to repair the flood-damaged church that was swamped with eight feet of water.
Before those volunteers showed up, however, the church's future looked bleak when the pastor saw the flooded church for the first time.
"Five days ago," Cardenas told local TV news station KSAT, "we had this place beautifully arranged and furnished. And now it's all in shambles."
Church on the Rock has ministered to Katy for 18 years and in that time has planted churches in Central America and South America, doing all of it to reach the lost for Christ, Pastor Cardenas tells OneNewsNow.
Then came Hurricane Harvey. What the pastor and the congregation hoped would remain a tropical storm marched into the Texas coast as a Category 5 hurricane, setting rainfall records and causing billions of dollars in damage.
After the rains receded, a contractor stopped by Church on the Rock and estimated a cost of $150,000 - just to sanitize the church building.
Church on the Rock members were on their own, the contractor said, for sheetrock and debris removal. That clean-up work began as soon as possible but then some church members had to return to work, so the worked slowed down with weeks of work still to do.
Then the Eight Days of Hope team walked in, led by Hope's leader, Steve Tybor. What was expected to take weeks of labor, and tens of thousands of dollars, was completed in three days at no cost to Church on the Rock.
AFR listeners helped that effort, too, by contributing approximately $175,000 over just three days according to AFR spokesman Jim Stanley.
"I'm so overwhelmed by their love," says Pastor Cardenas, "and it was just Jesus' feet and hands in our midst."
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.