A ministry that aids victims of natural disasters continues to see God open the doors for growth – and opportunities to share the gospel.
Having just returned from back-to-back 8-day recovery efforts in Houston, Texas, Eight Days of Hope is getting ready to open facilities near Buffalo, New York, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as establish a new property near Tupelo, Mississippi – where Eight Days of Hope is headquartered.
"On July 1, God has opened up a door for us to receive a gift of a 100,000-square-foot building in Buffalo, New York – my hometown," said Eight Days of Hope founder Steve Tybor Monday on American Family Radio. "January 1, we're going to open up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa."
If and when disasters occur in those regions of the country, he said, Eight Days of Hope will be able to use and dispense building supplies and other materials housed in those locations.
"We're still going to be based out of Tupelo, but we'll have a northeastern hub out of Buffalo, a mid-west hub out of Cedar Rapids – and our hope and goal is to be out west in 2020," Tybor continued. "Mudslides and fires [such as occur on the West Coast] are different than hurricanes and flooding, but we believe God is opening up doors for us to share his truth."
Eight Days of Hope began in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. It grew so much in the following years that a rapid response team, Hope Reigns, was created.
The recent visits to Houston were the largest missions to date. More than 4,600 people representing 47 states and several countries showed up to serve.
"We had a 96-year-young lady meet Jesus during Eight Days of Hope [in Houston]," Tybor cheered. "Her house flooded, she asked volunteers a few questions – and the next thing you know, she was in the living room on her knees repenting of her sins." The next day, he added, the volunteers took her to a local church and baptized her.
"A volunteer from Ohio also got saved during the outreach effort," Tybor shared.