“Now, It’s Our Turn”

I want to be writing today about the opening of our new preschool and children’s building and our new schedule beginning next Sunday. I am excited to see how God has brought us so far and blessed us immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.

But, I can’t. The human needs are too great in Texas for us not to think about people suffering in southwest Louisiana and the Texas gulf coast.

Lonnie Wascom, our Director of Missions for our Northshore Baptist Association, wrote about the needs in those areas. He recalled how twelve years ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Texans and many others came to our aid–even for years–to bless the people of Louisiana suffering from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Then, he wrote, “Now, it’s our turn.”

It is our turn, and I believe we are up to the task.

Let me give you some ways we want to help.

First, above all else, let us pray. One night this week I awakened in the middle of the night. I could not get the people in the path of Hurricane Harvey off my mind. I felt compelled to pray–fervently–for God’s protection and mercy on those who were sleeping in a shelter or a rooftop waiting to be rescued.

Let us be people of prayer who call the names and locations of suffering people before the Father.

Second, the best way to give is to give an offering. You certainly may give in a number of ways to a number of organizations, but if you give through FBC we will find a church or churches to partner with to minister to the area affected by Harvey. Churches know people. I believe they are equipped of God to minister most effectively. Churches not only give supplies for physical needs, they also give the gospel.

So far, you have given over $10,000 for “Disaster Relief,” and we have just gotten started. We haven’t even had a Sunday in the aftermath of the storm to give. Yet, you have given online and by mail to meet human needs.

Third, plan to go to do what you are able to do to help our neighbors rebuild. That time is “not yet” because of the flooding, but it is coming.

“Now, it’s our turn.”

 

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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