During the night of August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast. As a resident in West Columbia, Texas, southwest of Houston, we were on the "dirty" side of the storm. We had planned to "weather" the storm in our home but soon realized we needed to evacuate to our church where my husband is the pastor.
We spent three nights sleeping in the sanctuary of our church - not nearly as comfortable as our king-size bed at home!!
On Monday morning, August 28, we were required to evacuate from our church and begin a nightmare of evacuation locations.
On Thursday afternoon, August 31, we finally managed to arrange to stay in the beach house of Ahmad. Never did a place look so welcoming as did this beautiful beach house in Surfside, Texas!
We had eleven people with us, including our daughter and son-in-law and two small grandsons, an elderly grandmother from our church, our assistant pastor and family, and another man with some special challenges. This beach house became a "refuge" for all of us -- regardless of who we were. Our homes were in danger from Harvey's extreme flooding - "The Refuge" became our safe place to escape the horror of what was transpiring in our lives! Yes, we have requested that Ahmad name this safe place "The Refuge"!
The facility was very clean (Ahmad's wife rushed to the house to make sure it was just right for us - we were evacuees, seeking shelter)!
The only complaint I have is that, in the stress of what we were going through - running from Harvey - we didn't really get to enjoy the true beauty of our surroundings in the beach house or in the beach area! We hope to return to "The Refuge" soon for a much more relaxing time!
Thank you, Ahmad, and the others involved -- you were such a blessing to us!! May God bless you for helping us!