Helping Our Neighbor

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. - Jesus, Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING

As I read the news and see the pictures, it is apparent that the rain and the fall-out of flooding next door at our neighbors in Louisiana has reached nearly Katrina levels. The picture for me is metaphor for the thousands of people displaced, many of them the most vulnerable - the fixed income seniors, the 18-year-old young woman who lost her home, her school, and nearly all her possessions, the under-insured, the uninsured and even those with insurance and a high deductible awaiting a long arduous process of rebuilding. 

 We who look on are left to feel overwhelmed, helpless and worse, apathetic if we are not intentional about listening to Jesus to go and DO. But what? Three things:

  • Pray for the Spirit to mobilize the faithful for the good

  • Consider an over-and-above gift to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) through our church by check (memo #901670) or text FUMCPLANO UMCOR and then the dollar amount to 73256, then choose "UMCOR DISASTER RELIEF" in the drop-down menu. 

  • Bring a Cleaning Bucket to church this Sunday and the following Sundays. See how to assemble a Cleaning Bucket HERE.  These will be batched and sent to the UMCOR Warehouse in Baldwin, Louisiana.

You can learn more about the Louisiana floods and the NTC Disaster Response HERE. I thank you in advance for being the church who sees Jesus' suffering in the least of these - our family. 

Breathe peace (John 14:27),

Matthew B. Gaston
Lead Pastor