Harvey, Heroes and a Big Ass Truck
My Dad, T Harvey McMillan, would have been proud to have a hurricane named after him. He would have been prouder to hear how his grandson, Andrew Michael, rescued people all night long in Houston, Texas.
Andrew Michael was watching TV with his friend, Larry Westfall and his wife when they saw a post on Facebook at 1 am Sunday morning :
“Newborn is breathing off ventilator on Edgebrook Side. I need someone with a big ass truck. Anybody!”
Andrew said, “Hey, let´s do it.” So Andrew and Larry called her. She said the power went out in the house and the battery for the ventilator was dying and the police would not risk helping them. They got in Larry’s big ass truck and plowed through water up to the headlights. They almost turned around four times because the water was so deep it could flood the engine, but the thought of the battery dying on the baby pushed them on. They rescued ten people on the way. When they reached them, the mom cried with joy. They drove them to an ambulance and kept on rescuing people all night long till dawn.
Larry’s truck almost died several times and would have been up the creek without police or a paddle. Andrew wrote me to say he was back at Larry’s house sleeping.
When I tried to contact him today, he wrote back, “Phone wet.” That was it—phone wet. I wanted to know more about the newborn, about the ten people rescued, about how scary it was. And all I get is “phone wet.” My Dad would have liked that.
Meanwhile, I’m walking around the house, pumping my fist saying, “My son, the man!”
UPDATE FROM THE MOTHER OF THE BABY:
Please see the list below for safe shelters around the city of Houston, and please share this with those in need!
National Guard Rescue Phone Line: 281-464-4851
Phone line to pick up a group to be taken to a shelter 713-426-9404
Shelters are beginning to open up around the Houston Area for those displaced by the storm.
CITY OF HOUSTON
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas,
Houston, TX 77010
M.O. Campbell Education Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.
Houston, Texas 77032
Star of Hope (Houston Downtown)
1900 N. Downing. Residents must have identification in order to enter the shelter.
The Salvation Army (Houston Downtown)
Harbor Light Center for men at 2407 North Main, Sally’s House for women at 1717 Congress Ave. and Family Residence at 1603 McGowen St. for those seeking refuge from the storm.
Star of Hope’s Men’s Development Center
1811 Ruiz St. is offering immediate shelter to any men living on the street and seeking a safe, dry place to ride out the storm. The organization’s women and families shelter is already at capacity.
Calvary Baptist Church shelter is open at 816 North Blair, Cleveland, Texas.
Red Cross has opened a shelter at Living Stones Church in Alvin, at 1407 Victory Lane.
The Salvation Army has opened Conroe’s Red Shield Lodge at 304 Avenue E for those seeking refuge from the storm.
The City of Friendswood Emergency Operations Center has opened the city’s Activity Building, located at 416 Morningside Dr. as an emergency shelter for people being picked up from their homes by the Friendswood Police Department.
Dobie High School
10220 Blackhawk Blvd, Houston, TX 77089
Has been set up as a Red Cross rescue location for families in need of refuge from Harvey. Assistance will be available on the gym side turn around.
About Team McMillan:
In 1994, the McMillan family traveled to the kidnapping, murder, and drug capital of the western hemisphere to plant a church and a foundation. God thought Medellin, Colombia a good place to raise a family. And turns out He was right (as He usually is). It became a very large family: The church, Comunidad (Community), is now the largest church in Medellin with over 8,000 members, the Foundation, Viento Fresco, cares for over 150 high-risk children, and a non-profit coffee shop, New Hearts Cafe, serves cups of caffeine and the love of Jesus to thousands of college students.
God is doing so much in Medellin, and we write about here on the Teammcmillan.org blog!
THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO GET INVOLVED.
- Become a prayer partner.
- Donate to Team McMillan via our Mission South America Paypal.
- Buy Andrew´s new book on Amazon The Safest Place on Earth.
- Join us in Medellin for a Missions Trip.
You can contact us at TeamMcMillanColombia@gmail.com