It is always a strange thing when the issues we work so hard to address every day in the developing world become a reality at home. It reminds us that humans are humans and we are really all the same. All that actually separates us is where God thought we should be born. Sometimes we are the ones to respond to needs, and sometimes we are the ones in need. We need each other!


What Happened

Texas is home to just under 30 million people who live in 254 different counties across the state. NEVER before has every county been under a severe winter weather situation at the same time. Not only were we hit at the same time, but this was a prolonged situation. 


The bottom line is, our infrastructure was not built for this, and the increased demand is more than what our power providers can accommodate. Unlike the developing world, we are not accustomed to this kind of disruption. In Africa and Central America, we’ve been without power or water for days at a time, and it doesn't really slow things down. In Texas, it shuts us down. To make matters worse, we only see snow and ice on rare occasions - maybe once a year here in the south of Texas - and that is usually for one quick burst. So, over the course of multiple days, our roads are not accessible like they are in the north of our country because we don't have snow plows or an abundance of de-icing supplies.

  

                       


Over 4 mi
llion people were without power, and over 12 million people had compromised water sources. We personally lost power for a total of 51 hours. We also lost water pressure a few times, lost water completely for several hours, and once it was back on, we had to boil it for 3-4 days until everything was working properly in our area again. Millions of people lost power and/or water anywhere from a few days to as long as a week. So far, almost 30 people have died due to this storm.


Many Grocery stores were running on auxiliary power with almost nothing left on their shelves for close to a week. People’s pipes were bursting and creating significant water damage to their homes, churches and/or businesses. It was a mess. To add to the challenge, for several days we had no cell service. This made it difficult to stay up-to-date with weather conditions, temperature changes, and for many, to even call and get the help they needed.

For the most part, it was a huge inconvenience. Life was locked-down to a higher level. We stayed at home, bundled up to sleep by our fireplace (which many people in Houston don't have) as our house had fallen to temperatures as low as the upper 40's (but most of the time it's been 50's or 60's). 


Thank You for Your Prayers

We greatly appreciate your prayers!

  • Please pray for those still without power and/or water or have damage to their homes - especially the elderly and vulnerable.
  • Please pray for our nation - as people's lives were on the line, many politicians and celebrities are weighing in with opinions that just simply aren't helpful as they try to affix blame to a party instead of what it was - a once-in-a-lifetime weather system event.
  • Pray for the Church - that the needs of our communities would intersect with Kingdom people ready to respond.
  • Please pray for the small businesses - many that have been on the verge of closing due to Covid have now lost another week of income.
  • Please remember that around 1 billion people in our world live without access to electricity, and about 1/3 of our world doesn't have access to clean water. As rough as it's been for a week in Texas, this is the reality for billions of people around the world every day and has been for generations. Please pray that we at Links would continue to have favor and wisdom as we serve those in severe need every day.

Jason Bollinger

CEO, Links USA