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Faith, hope, and love in action in Rockport

Faith, hope, and love in action in Rockport
Stevie Lew (center) and his staff feed Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Troopers at Stevie Lew’s BBQ Kitchen in Fulton. Stevie opened his kitchen as soon as he was able after Hurricane Harvey, giving meals to Rockport residents, volunteers, and others as they pick up the pieces after the Category 4 hurricane blew through the city Aug. 25-26.

Story and photos by: Reuben Garcia

Last Saturday, volunteers from La Vernia proved that love is in great supply in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

A group of boys showed up from La Vernia to help me and my wife, Barbara, and other Rockport residents with cleanup efforts. The boys -- Tanner Miehe, Chris Backer, Charlie Sladovnik, and Jarrett Rung -- cut down broken tree limbs, cleaned up, fixed fences, and did whatever was needed.

They would not accept any type of payment, so I’d like to give them the recognition they are due.

Jarrett stayed an extra day to help me put my picket fence back up.

People all over Rockport are uniting in one common goal, to help each other by giving good clothing, water, hot meals, free ice, and even gas. It’s just amazing to see and experience the love being shown in so many ways. Restaurants, such as Stevie Lew’s BBQ Kitchen in Fulton, have given hot meals, ice, water, gloves, and many other items. My wife, Barbara, broke down in tears at the love we’ve been shown.

Our neighbors, Bob and Enrique, came to help me fix my roof. Bob and his wife, Cindy, just moved here from Alaska last year and live right behind us. Cindy made barbecue and fed us in their camper.

These things that happen bring together not only neighbors, but people from far and near.

Phone service is still intermittent, but the cleanup is continuing.

It is true. As the Bible says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13), and we have seen it.

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