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Pastor's Perspective

October 2017

Posted by Ricky Sanderford on

Pastor's Perspective

The rain fell. Hard. The wind blew. Hard. Trees lost their footing and toppled to the earth. Roofs went flying. Windows were shattered. In the Rio Grande Valley, we were spared the devastation our neighbors to the north sustained from hurricane Harvey. A hallmark trait of people who walk in the footsteps of Jesus is to respond to needs they see around them. The United Methodist church has and is responding. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is there helping and will be there for some time. It seems we United Methodists have something of a reputation among relief agencies. We are known for being one of the first ones there and one of the last ones to leave. I like that.

Our local congregation has and is responding. We have given over $6500 to our conference disaster relief fund. An Early Response Team (ERT) was sent out a couple of weeks ago to the Corpus Christi/Rockport area and spent three days helping. Eleven of our members went and received ERT training and have gone as small groups and individuals to help. Thank you for your generosity.

One thing the ERT training taught is when you go to help, you are the loving presence of Christ for those whose lives have been drastically altered by the hurricane. That is a truth we should strive to remember wherever we go – into the aftermath of a natural disaster or across
the street to visit with our neighbor.

The opportunity to help continues. Long range recovery will be going on for the foreseeable future. Our Rio Texas Conference is hiring a disaster relief coordinator to work for up to two years to coordinate the relief and rebuilding effort within the bounds of our annual conference.
In the months ahead there will be Volunteer in Mission (VIM) teams headed to help rebuild homes and lives. Our church will send VIM teams when the time is appropriate. You’ll have a chance to sign up.

This will be a long-term recovery for those areas hardest hit. Remember Paul’s word to the Galatians: Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. (6:9)

Grace and peace,
Ricky

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