Bishop Doyle Visits Bastrop
|The Rev. Lisa Hines, Mayor Terry Orr, and Bishop Doyle|
|A home and car completely destroyed by the fire|
Bishop Andy Doyle visited Bastrop over the weekend, meeting with the Rev. Lisa Hines of Calvary, Bastrop along with Mayor Terry Orr, and County Judge Ronnie McDonald.
With Mayor Orr as a guide, Bishop Doyle toured the area with Hines, viewing some of the devastated neighborhoods as well as the volunteer distribution and call center.
"I appreciate you coming here, I really do," Orr told Bishop Doyle. "We need folks to know whats really going on up here."
As the extent of the disaster continues to be revealed, Bishop Doyle renewed the diocesan push for donations.
"We talked to Episcopalians out in San Diego," Doyle said. "They are used to fighting these fires. They told us one of the biggest things we can do is donate money, so that is what we have been focusing on."
It is estimated that the Bastrop area has lost more than 1200 homes, including 30 from the congregation at Calvary Episcopal Church and School. Hines and her husband the Rev. Chris Hines lost their home as well.
"At this point, I haven't really dealt with it at all," Hines said about losing her possessions. "Occasionally things come to mind. I'm an artist, so a lifetime of art and writing is gone. But mostly I'm ok. It's almost a feeling of relief. When you have something, you spend so much time holding onto it and organizing it and wondering whether you should keep it or not. But now I just realized, I'm not in the mood to accumulate right now. I just want a few changes of clothing.
As the group toured the call center in Bastrop, they ran into volunteers from the Church of Holy Apostles, Katy. Wilma McCoul, Wynn Brown and Judy Heald were volunteering with Victim Relief Ministries. Most of the churches in the Diocese of Texas have organized donation drives, and some have become centers for distribution.
"We've gotten folks from all over our Diocese send everything thats been asked for," Doyle said.
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