BEAUMONT, Texas — While not personally impacted by flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda in mid-September, two Newcomerstown natives were on the front lines as Brock and Krystin (Raach) Williams saw friends and neighbors caught up in the natural disaster.
"Brock and I are seeing first hand how bad these floods really are," Krystin said. "We had no way of comprehending just how bad Hurricane Harvey was (in 2017). Now seeing our new friends and church family (from Turning Point Church) having to go through this flooding again (from Tropical Depression Imelda) is unreal. It’s so hard to see them having to throw away their children’s toys, furniture, clothing, and a number of other material items; yet the most heartbreaking aspect of this is seeing them have to throw away handmade furniture their grandparents made, having to rip the walls apart of their childhood homes, and dig through their children’s baby pictures to see what they can salvage. The material things that we think we NEED don’t really matter.
"We went to church this morning and during our worship service I started crying. Not because I saw sadness from our congregation but because I was overwhelmed by the amount of HOPE there was in the building! Our church was filled with the Holy Spirit as everything was singing that Jesus is the ONE that really matters. We are beyond blessed that God brought us to this part of Texas and to this church.
"I want to share with our Ohio family to please continue to pray for our communities in southeast Texas but also if you can donate supplies or gift cards or anything at all to our church or members of the affected communities it would be a huge answered prayer! Thank you all for checking on us and your continued prayers."