For those of you over the age of thirty, you probably remember where you were when America was attacked on September 11, 2001. Almost 3,000 people were killed by individuals serving a false god and driven by a non-Christian worldview leading to hatred of western ideals, democracy, and Christianity.
Many people lost mothers, fathers, friends, children, and other loved ones on this day sixteen years ago, and Americans vowed to “never forget.” However, many of us do forget. We forget about the shock, fear, and sadness we felt on that day. We forget about big events like the attacks on September 11, 2001, and “smaller” events like hurricane Harvey that devastated Houston, TX, just a few weeks ago.
It has been estimated that if the Mississippi River emptied into downtown Houston for 10 days, it would equal the water that hurricane Harvey dumped on the city. The waters have begun to subside and the clean-up of homes and city blocks has begun. Now we need to do our part to follow through on our commitment to helping the individuals displaced by the recent floods.
We have five days left to fill our goal of 100 flood relief clean-up buckets. Please check with your homeroom teachers for the supplies needed to fill the relief buckets. This is a way to teach our children to think about others and for all of us to learn to be more empathetic.
Mission to North America has assured us that if our buckets are not needed in Houston, they will be used in Florida or with other major flooding clean-up needs. Our buckets will be packed and sent to the MNA warehouse for distribution in the next two weeks. Reach Church has already raised over $4,000 toward this project, and we look forward to partnering together to show the love of Jesus to the world through this project.
It is so encouraging to see Christians and Christian organizations repeatedly responding to devastating situations through faith, prayer, and action in helping others in need.
Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the recent floods and also for the many individuals still devastated by the attacks of September 11, 2001. Let us use these situations as an opportunity to point our children to Jesus through an intentional life of faith, prayer, and action.