I have been so proud of our team over the last two days. Yesterday we were finishing up our seven days of Servolution. Our project was to help with the CARE program at the MWC police department. Our team started gathering early and preparing to go in and help. Something happen that changed everything. A fire started in MWC and spread over a significant area of MWC and Choctaw. We know now that 49 people were injured, and 50 houses were a total loss with others being badly damaged and still others with smoke damage.
The police told us with everyone being called in, there would be no way we could do the project we had planned, they suggested we go over the the community center and see if there was something we could do there. At the same time, the leader of this project and one of our other guys in the church called and said why don’t we turn our servolution project into helping the evacuees, of which there were hundreds. So I stopped and picked up a lot of supplies told our team who were already in their “serve team” shirts to head to the community center and start setting up supplies. We called on other serve teams to join us, and just set up and started helping people.
Giving out water, and food, and toys for the kids. We started thinking, “who could we partner with?” So we called starbucks and they supplied coffee and Hot chocolate. Krispy Kreme provided donuts. There were pets so a vet brought dog and cat food and treats. People just started showing up and giving us hot food, to pass out, people in the community started coming in and saying where can I serve.
We worked with the Red Cross, what Great People they are and an incredible organization. There were also folks there from the Southern Baptist Disaster relief organization, incredible servants everyone. I must say that the MWC community leaders, the city council, the police, and firemen, The officials, and the leaders of the community center, Were so sharp. This city and its leaders have their act together. The sherriffs, the city manager, so many people and organizations working together to help others. We were so blessed just to be part.
There were so many churches sheltering people and helping people, our friends the Burchetts at Eastpointe brought their people together today and really helped the people who have so much damage and loss and the public servants working so hard as well.
So there are some things I learned.
1. Don’t set back and call leaders in the fray and ask them what you can do to help, they don’t have time to figure it out for you and at the moment don’t know what to tell you. Just get into the fray with them, and start serving. This is the best thing you can do. The church is not an outsider in the community it is a part of the community.
2. Partner, Partner, Partner….You have connections others don’t have and they have connections you don’t have.
3. Realize that people want to help.
4. Wear matching shirts so you can be easily identified and people can come to you for help.
5. Help the kids, if they can be connected with it gives their parents a chance to think, and rest a minute.
6. Be open to jump in and do what you can without hesitation, be willing to say yes, when needed.
7. Your team will give over and above, and people will always rise to the occasion.
8. Always be thinking about the next step.
9. Serve the servants. First responders put it all on the line, and have no time to stop and take care of themselves, so serve them as well as the victims of the disaster.
This was really a great way to solidify a servolution culture in our team.
I invite you to join the party and embrace what our friend Dino Rizzo Cause a “Servolution!”