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A Letter from Chaplain Troy Amos (who volunteered at the GRB Center)
Good evening Chaplains,
After I was able to leave my home due to high water, I went to George R Brown shelter three nights in a row - Tuesday night from 7:30 pm until 3:00 am, Wednesday night from 7:45 pm until 2:30 am, and Thursday night from 8: 00 pm until about 1:30 am. I went to share the grace of God and encourage the victims and all those who were helping them, but the most amazing thing happen to me, my life, and ministry. I will never be the same again. While repeatedly making rounds all night, I met so many people and shared in so many stories and testimony's. We smiled, we cried, we prayed, we hugged and so many times I just sat and listened. I kept going back because I was compelled by the many new friends I had made to check back on them. Some days, some were still there and others had already left but there was always a new friend to be made.
The second night as soon as I walked in the door, a group of HPD officers ask me to pray for them right then and we did, right there. God lead me to serve at the late night hours as people were settling in for the night. Some were and we were able to just visit with each other. I was able to meet so many police officers, volunteers, medical staff, and my affected neighbors from all over.
The last night I met a chaplain from the Red Cross and we fellowshipped for a minute. He said his people were coming the next day and they would take over. He said "you can still come I'm not saying not to." God said to me on the drive home "your work is done here for now." I will have to rest my feet for a few days but I can't stop thinking of all the people who I shared with. I hope you all will also lift up my brother Stephen who came up to me while I was talking and praying with a young lady who was sitting in a corner shaking and scared. He had tears in his eyes and asked "can you tell me more about the God you talk about?" His mom and 4 yr old daughter had been missing since the storm hit. We talked and prayed.
The next day, as I was walking in, the police officers were telling me that a young man was looking for me. It was getting late and as I was making my last round, he shouted from across the room. We talked. He was so excited to tell me about his experience with God since we talked. I had to slow him down to ask if he had heard from his Mom and daughter. He said yes, he had. The sad part is that the next night I was looking for him and the lady that was next to him said he was gone to the hospital because someone had broken his nose after sharing about God. He called me the next day and told me what happened. I thank God that his spirit was still lifted and he was still excited about God. I just wanted to share a part of my experience and I thank all my fellow Chaplains for what they do.
Rev Troy Amos (Chaplain Amos)
Chaplain Jonathan Siger on six member family death scene. Chaplain Alan Darnell was also on this scene.
Chaplains Phil and Kyle Niewald at a shelter.
Chaplains Diane Burson and Lunetta Mitchell at TranStar taking calls in the Greater Houston Call Center to help evacuate people flooded in.