Today was a good day. We got up and got an assignment to go help Charles Moses. I found out that Charles was saved when he was in his early-30s, and he has been walking with God for around 30 years now. He serves at his church helping specifically in the lives of the drug-addicted. Charles had no way to do what was required to salvage his home, and he was extremely grateful! He said this to me, “It’s nice to get your house fixed, but it’s really nice to have a bunch of Christians in your home.” It was a blessing for us as well!

Our team was up to the challenge. A few thoughts…
1. The devastation is surprising. It has had an impact on our entire team to see it in person. We had all seen pictures and heard reports, but when you walk into a home that was ruined, amidst a neighborhood that was ruined – it’s amazing. We heard a reporter say on the radio on the way to the house, “It doesn’t sound bad when you say only 10% of Houston homes were affected… until you realize that’s 110,000 homes!”

2. We have much to be thankful for… Charles and I sat outside and talked about the Lord and how good He is with the pile of debris that used to be his home looming large in front of us. He is still thankful. Walking through his home flashing big smiles and encouraging words, Charles reminded me that I can be thankful for Jesus no matter what may happen in this world.

3. Abide in Christ – because your home can let you down at any moment. Jesus will never let you down. He says in John 15, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Abide means to “take up residence”. Find your residence, your comfort, your sanctuary, your joy, your life – in Jesus – and He will never let you down!

God bless,

Pastor Matt

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