seattle experienced some incredible weather this past week. we had wind gusts beyond 70 miles per hour along with some pockets of torrential rain. around midnight – 2am this past friday am, my wife and i stayed up to make sure everything was ok with the house and our children. honestly, i was a little scared. seeing trees outside sway back and forth was intense. we woke up the next morning and from our perspective, everything seemed normal. the streets were actually dry; we didn’t notice much debris on the grounds. despite schools being closed, i proceeded to work like a normal day. what was surprising was a steady flow of of phone calls from quest families asking if it was possible for them to stay with us since their power went out at their respective homes.
little did i know as a result of the wind storm, about a million people in the larger seattle area lost electricity! as i post this blog, there are still over 250,000 folks that are still without electricity. i guessed (from a show of hands at church today), about 40%+ of our church community had lost their electricity at one point in the past couple days. had the church leaders known how many folks would have been affected by this windstorm, we would have been better prepared. we should have had a list of homes ready to welcome guests as well as opening up the qcafe to local neighbors to use as a warm place to seek refuge and sleep if necessary.
in between hosting the quest christmas party on saturday night for about 70+ folks that showed up, our family has enjoyed being able to host several families who were left in the cold. if you’re in need of some assistance or a warm place to crash until your power is restored, let us know. our family and others within quest are able to serve you. let’s use this opportunity to serve our neighbors, demonstrate kindness, and build the larger community of seattle.
be safe and stay warm.