Brandi Baker and Phyllis Hochstetler volunteer at the Brethren Disaster Ministries flood recovery site in northern Colorado.
Brandi Baker and Phyllis Hochstetler volunteer at the Brethren Disaster Ministries flood recovery site in northern Colorado.
Tim Sheaffer

Paying it back 

Phyllis (Angeny) and Harry Hochstetler 
August 10, 2015


“I can start dreaming again!  Thank you so much..."

"My father is so grateful for what you have done...he doesn't speak much English but he wants you to have these donuts..."

"We escaped with just the clothes on our backs...thank you for your help..."

Ah! These words were music to our souls as we volunteered for six weeks in the flood area of Colorado.

The life-threatening tales are still related with raw emotion even after two years: "...The water rose from our feet to our knees in twenty seconds...We set a fire two days later to attract the helicopter...I held onto a tree for as long as I could thinking none of us would survive..."

And we continue to count our personal blessings. Through volunteering with  Brethren Disaster Ministries, we are trying to "pay back" for all the "gifts" we have in our lives.  Indeed, we are awed by the dedication of the likes of  project leaders Tim Sheaffer and Kim Gingerich, by the continued  financial support of the CoB, and by the joyful service of weekly volunteers. 

So, as it seems we continue to receive more than we give, our debt continues to grow.

However, we are thankful and inspired to be part of an organization that gives survivors the chance to reclaim their right to "dream again."