Hurricane Harvey-Texas Strong

As I sit here this morning and start to process the past two weeks deployment to Katy/Dayton, Texas, I am reminded that there are still many who have not yet started the recovery process of clean up, who are still not receiving help, who may of not had a meal in at least a day. Humanity. Humbleness. Love. Mercy. Compassion. Jesus always stopped to help someone no matter how “terrible” the person might be, how different the person might be, how unclean or sinful.  He is the God of mercy and compassion! He holds their hands! The Savior of the world does the same for you and me. We are all lacking just like the next, I firmly believe the most powerful thing we can do for another person is not to try and fix their pain, but to acknowledge it. To hold their hand and cry with them. As a Disaster Relief Lead Cook and Chaplain, I can not heal. But Jesus can. 

Regardless if you live in a gated community, on the other side of the tracks or at the bottom of the river, please consider stepping outside of your box and being the hands and feet of Jesus, put aside the worldly, material items, come along side a Disaster Relief Volunteer with Colorado Baptist Disaster Relief, be the hands and feet. If your unable to volunteer, would you prayful consider coming along side me in reaching my goal of $1000 to cover lodging and meals traveling to and from Texas for my next three deployments.

 

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Humbled

Kindness of strangers is still surprising and we have not yet even arrived in Houston. Today is Monday, Sept 4th when we were getting ready to pray before loading up in the vehicles this morning, a man came over and asked if we were headed to Houston. He expressed his gratitude that we were here to help. Him and his family headed to their vacation home in Montana to escape Harvey, their house was in the 100 year flood plane and did not flood, but they had friends whose homes did flood.

Driving down Highway 287, people honk their horns and wave. A man donated a $100 bill while a little girl no more than maybe 5, donated  $20. Yes, there is still generosity and kindness. As we travel today we see cars packed and carrying extra cans of gas. I keep thinking what is waiting for us in Houston? Why are those more generous only when there are catastrophic, life changing hurricane or storms? 

We are commanded to be the hands and feet of Jesus ALL THE TIME, not on our time or when it may fit into your life.

In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ””
‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:35‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Mass Feeding, cast, up at 4:30, bed by 11. Humbled to serve. Houston strong.

 

Hurricane Harvey

By now some may feel overwhelmed with all the news stories and pictures coming out of Texas. What I see unfolding is true humanity happening. There is no division of race, creed, color, able-bodied, non-able-bodied, young helping old, old helping young. We may feel helpless, hopeless, but God is always with us regardless of the situation, He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia was not what our country truly is. Several groups of people came together for the wrong reasons. God needs to be first and foremost.