#HopeStands. Every night since the first hurricane hit, my kids ask to see pictures of the damage.
One of them always inevitably asks, "This is real? That's a real person's house? That's a place where people live?" It's so devastating that they can't fully wrap their heads around it. I'm not sure I can either.
And we've prayed.
And we've donated.
From a distance.
Because...we don't live there.
What gives me hope is that there are great, gracious, kind, caring, Christ-like people who do. And long-term, well after the nightly google search curiosity of my kids dries up, and the supply trucks & stop rolling in, churches & pastors & congregations called to love their city no matter what will be there to help pick up the pieces. And those are the folks I want to see resourced.
Rick Warren (of Saddleback Church) & Kerry Shook (of Woodlands Church) are holding events to help local leaders do just that this next week. If you are a pastor in the greater Houston area, please do what you can to attend & be encouraged, informed & resourced. Because your community needs you. You are the front lines.
More information at HopeStands.org