Encouraged by one of our members, Robyn Pond, our church joined 175 Austin-area churches in the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN). This network was created to provide assistance to victims of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.
Little did we know that the Central Texas area was soon to see all the above.
It’s only natural that Robyn led us into this partnership. Robyn has been an integral part of our church since our founding in 2009. She has always been our go-to member with a heart for the elderly, children, and the disadvantaged. She founded a group called Lago Vista Volunteers that collects no-longer-needed wheelchairs, potty chairs, walkers, canes, hospital beds, and other durable medical equipment and then loans it out to those in need. She’s in charge of our outreach serving as the liaison with Hill Country Community Ministries, Reveal Ministries (which provides food and clothing to 300 people each week), and now ADRN.
Robyn went through all the ADRN training programs which prepared her for the disasters soon to come. The Memorial Day Floods hit Wimberley, Texas in 2015. Eleven people died, 400 homes were destroyed, and 1,000 residents were displaced. Immediately, Robyn and other trained Trinity members rushed in to help. Robyn led the effort to collect money, food, clothing, and building materials. Her training as an ADRN Shepherd and her counseling training allowed her to drive the four-hour roundtrip to provide prayer, counseling, and bereavement support for families and victims.
Since then, our region has experienced floods from Hurricane Harvey, wildfires that burned thousands of acres of forest in Bastrop, a fertilizer explosion that leveled much of the town of West, and other disasters in which ADRN mobilizes its volunteers. Largely because of Robyn’s initiative, our church was privileged to love and serve others in the midst of these crises.
Robyn has a passion for the Gospel. She has a passion for people. She has a passion for serving as Christ’s hands and feet. Her persistence and dedication has served as a catalyst for other Trinity members to go through disaster relief training with ADRN and to serve alongside Robyn in disasters.
I hope your church—and every church—has a Robyn Pond.