8 Days committed to Laura clean-up through Oct.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Hurricane Laura (aerial view)Hurricane Laura has come and gone after slamming the Gulf Coast but the clean-up is only beginning.

"The state of Louisiana hasn't seen a hurricane like this, ever,” says 8 Days of Hope founder Steve Tybor. “The strength and the amount of damage is widespread.”

According to the 8 Days website, the Category 4 hurricane hit with 150 MPH winds that left more than 400,000 without power.

Ministry serving in own backyard

A Texas organization known for its missions work overseas is helping people closer to home.

Gospel for Asia is headquartered in Wills Point, Texas, near Dallas, and is recognized as a longtime leader in mission work. In its own backyard, Gospel for Asia passed out 1,200 food boxes in July and August.

GFA spokesman Danny Yohannan says the ministry is partnering with Bod of Life to help people in several counties impacted by the shutdown.

The next distribution will be September 18 and the expectation is 2,000 people will show up to receive the boxes of food.

“There are large amounts of areas that have no power,” Tybor reports. “It looks like the Lake Charles area, as of the report we got last night, could be without power as much as four to six weeks yet.”

8 Days of Hope is on the ground – and looking for help with the cleanup. Because the area around Lake Charles where Laura made landfall is still an active disaster area, 8 Days is looking for volunteers who are 18 or older.

The website’s sign-up and FAQ list can be found here.

8 Days plans to remain in the area through early October.

Eight Days of Hope (logo)“There's so much to do right now,” Tybor advises. “A lot of people see a disaster like this and they think, Oh gosh, I don't know how to operate a chain saw. I don't either.”

In just one example of simple but important work, 8 Days volunteers are helping residents salvage items from their damaged homes.

Despite the 18-and-up requirement, Tybor says families that are planning a family mission trip to pitch in and help should be patient. That opportunity will come.

“Down the road a little bit,” Tybor says, “when things get a little bit – I don't want to say normal, but safer - we will open the doors to others to come serve.”

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