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Katrina

Big disasters seems to bring out extremes in society. Extreme good, extreme evil, extreme emotion, extreme apathy.

Today is Thursday, Sept 1, and it looks as if it is going to be months before people can even begin to think about going back to New Orleans. Now, ever since Monday night, the pressing question for me has been, "what can I do?"

My initial impulse was to load up the car and head to Louisiana to see what I could do. I haven't done that, obviously, becuase I've decided that it would be wiser to identify a need first and then engage. But, unfortunately, information has been little to none about what specific needs are, except that tens of thousands of refugees need food, water, and safety. I'm not able to supply these things. Other organizations can, and I am giving money to that, but there has got to be a need for engagement. My emails and calls to relief organizations and church leaders there have so far gone unanswered. My next call will be to the Bammel church in Houston. It really hasn't been long since God planted in me the revolutionary idea of helping people. There have been a few people God has placed in my life that have shown me the power of that, and the irresistible burden it carries. But I'm still coping with how to best engage that idea. I think that my faith needs to increase on that.

Stay tuned. We'll see what happens. This disaster is catastrophic, and the needs will not soon disappear.


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