I know that I am not the only one who is filled with grief over the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Having spent the first 6 & 1/2 years of my life in New Orleans, it is hard for me to imagine everything that I remember probably destroyed. Plus, I think and pray for all of our friends in the area. I've always taken pride in where I was born and I feel as if a part of me has been destroyed as well.
I was New Orleans recently with the High School Youth Group for my church, working in the inner city...in Hollygrove. You might have heard of Hollygrove. It is in one of the lowest parts of New Orleans and is pretty much wiped out. I constantly think of and pray for the people we to whom we ministered and became so dear to all of our hearts while we were there -- most of them are the ones who have no cars, etc. They're the ones that had to flee to the Superdome. I pray for the ministry of Trinity Christian Community, the place we worked with in New Orleans. Pray that financial support will come and they can continue to minister to the poor of New Orleans, both during and after clean-up.
Our God is good and he will provide. Father, bring your hope and peace to the people of New Orleans and everywhere else affected by Hurrican Katrina. Protect the refugees and guide them. Draw them near to you.