“How to be there in ways that truly help is on all our minds.” Dr Charles Wade.
Thats Charles on the left. He directs the Baptist General Convention of Texas. (BGCT). Dr E.B. Brooks on the right heads up their mission projects, including mine. Oh . . the good looking guy in the middle is me, without my hat. Milfred Minatrea (not in picture, but his book is in my left column) is probably the guy doing all the hard work so pray for him.
There are a lot of scams going on – be careful where you give your money. One group I trust implicitly is the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The BGCT are already directing $1 million towards the victims and the churches are raising extra money individually. They have sent 7 Texas Baptist Men disaster relief teams into Louisiana and are putting together teams of able bodied men (and women) who can serve for 2 weeks on a team. BGCT trained chaplains are already involved in relief counseling.
All of us can be involved Dr. Charles Wade suggests we Pray, Give and Serve. And if your church is helping out, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and BE CONNECTED.
I have suggested churches in the affected areas throw a HUGE POT LUCK meal tomorrow after church and make sure some homeless families are there to eat it with you. Not because they are hungry, but because it could be a safe place for housed families to meet non-housed families – around a table where they can get to know each other, build trust, and open doors of hospitality that will bless everyone involved. But to pull it off tomorrow, you might need to get on the phone today. Other ideas, including an “Elijah Room” in your house are here.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Heb. 13:1-2