Our hearts go out to the people stricken by Katrina. If you are part of the relief efforts, I’d like to hear about when you get back. I was in Homestead, Florida for one such effort shortly after it was decimated a number of years ago, and it was heart wrenching to see how much damage a hurricane can cause. Such disasters remind me of what may be the most important reason to follow the prophetic counsel to have a significant food storage and emergency preparedness program: the ability to help our neighbors. Those who are prepared can feed the hungry, provide much needed drinking water, and help with first aid, long before organized relief efforts move into town. All of us need to be prepared for disaster.
This would also be a good time to be generous in donating to the Church’s humanitarian aid program.
I’m very worried about what’s happening in the regions hit by Katrina. My boss (one of two) has family in Biloxi. Hasn’t heard from them – phone lines are out, cell phone batteries have probably died. They rode out the storm in sturdy brick homes, but there is a serious risk of severe flooding. So much heartache has been caused. I’m not weeping too much for the damaged casinos, but so many people like you and me have lost everything all at once. Keep them in your prayers, and thanks to those of you who are or will be participating in relief and rebuilding efforts.