KULA, HAWAII — Kula, Hawaii, homeowner Donna Waters gives thanks for the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers who did chain saw work and helped sift through the ashes of houses in her neighborhood that were destroyed by wildfires to find personal items.
Donna Waters – Homeowner:
We had this huge wildfire in the Gulch. You’re standing in my neighborhood in Kula, Maui. So many of my neighbors and friends, their homes are gone.
Cliff Dudley – Samaritan’s Purse:
We’re here sifting through debris and ashes. We’ve also been doing a lot of chainsaw work. Spot fires broke out when we pulled up. So we got out a bunch of our equipment and started making sure that they’re contained.
I’m like speechless about you people. You showed up with a truck and not only a truck and all these volunteers, but the kindest, sweetest, most compassionate, most giving people I think I’ve ever met. I’m smiling in the middle of a tragedy because I have so much hope, and I’m so uplifted, really, by your goodness. I can’t thank you enough. Anybody, everybody is welcome, because the physical work is so daunting and so overwhelming. And none of us are spring chickens. We’re just so happy to have all these hard workers here, and that’s what we need.
We’re here for one reason alone, and that’s to share the love of Jesus Christ. He gives us the strength. He gives us the ability. Being his hands and feet, there’s nothing better.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. We stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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