From the beginning, God’s Pit Crew knew that Hurricane Harvey would be a long-term recovery effort for the greater Houston, Texas, area. In October 2017, God’s Pit Crew partnered with Joyce Meyer Ministries to rebuild the homes of three families who lost everything they owned in the storm. Once flood waters receded, a team of God’s Pit Crew volunteers from Louisiana arrived in Texas to begin gutting flooded and damaged homes.
GPC Board Member Mike Newcomb led the team of volunteers and met Pastor Jesus Corona and his wife, Mary, whose home had been ravaged by flood waters. Years before Harvey destroyed the Corona family’s home, Jesus had a terrible accident while working in an oil tank. He fell approximately 80 feet and crashed to the steel floor of the tank. At the time, Corona was not a Christian. After calling out to the gods and idols he worshipped, and getting no response, he called out to God. He remembers a hand reaching for him before he lost consciousness. Jesus said he could feel the presence of God. The accident left Jesus paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Since then, he has dedicated his life to the Lord and serves as a Pastor at a small hispanic church in the Houston area. After hearing Pastor Corona’s powerful testimony, GPC committed to rebuild Jesus and Mary’s home.
The preliminary team of volunteers, led by Mike Newcomb, continued to gut and begin renovations to the flood-damaged home, In October 2017, God’s Pit Crew partnered with Joyce Meyer Ministries to rebuild Pastor Corona’s home. A small team, led by GPC Volunteer Earl Kirks, worked tirelessly for two weeks to complete the work that was started by the Louisiana based team. Pastor Jesus not only lost his home to the flood, but he also lost the handicapped- accessible van. Without the van, it was very difficult for Pastor Jesus to get to where he needed to go . God’s Pit Crew purchased the Corona family a new van to enable Pastor Corona to travel to different places. When the home was revealed to the Corona family, nothing but praises and glory to God could be heard in their excitement.