Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry’s recent visit to Houston left thousands inspired and one local family in awe at his generosity.
Perry, who was in town to speak at Lakewood Church, has been donating to various causes since Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston last year. He donated $250,000 to Lakewood to assist in their Harvey Relief efforts.
Some of that money will go to Tammy Perry, a mother of three and longtime Lakewood member, who lost everything in Harvey. Her husband died in 2011 and Perry, who has an autistic son, had been struggling ever since.
“We’ve been through this before when my oldest son Titus was just a baby… and my husband was living,” said Perry. She says her husband dealt with the flooding of their home when it first happened. This time around, it was just her in the midst of high water…with her three kids.
“It was rough,” Perry said. “I told God, if I ever needed You, I need You right now.”
God showed up, through Tyler Perry’s generous donation. Lakewood Church and its volunteers were able to come in and help rebuild the family’s home.
When it comes to facing adversity “you must have lots of faith, lots of prayer, work hard, and everything will be all right,” Tyler Perry said.
Video: Tammy Perry’s expresses her gratitude.
Tammy Perry had the opportunity to meet Tyler after the Lakewood services.
“When we met Tyler today, it felt just like family to us, because all along, he was the one that had a big part of helping us get back together,” Tammy Perry said.
Lakewood Church has provided rebuilding assistance to more than 1,150 Houston-area families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by floodwaters with the help of over 2,500 volunteers.
“To date, we have been able to help over 30 homeowners to recover and be back in their homes, said John Bowman, Men’s Ministry Director at Lakewood. “The thing I keep hearing over and over again, is ‘I don’t know where I would be if Lakewood hadn’t come to help us.’ “