My wife and I have just returned from a missions trip with Samaritan’s Purse in Houston. We witnessed first hand some of the devastation in southeast Texas. We went past hundreds of homes and businesses that may have looked fine on the outside, but they were gutted on the inside. There were piles of debris (drywall, sofas and chairs, TV sets, books, you name it) maybe six feet high and ten feet wide in front of many, many homes. We teamed up with Samaritan’s Purse and were able to help several homeowners rip out drywall and begin the process of repairing their homes.

So, what am I grateful for? First, for all the brave and selfless people of southeast Texas who weathered the hurricane and helped their neighbors. From 9-1-1 dispatch officers, police, firefighters and EMTs to the Coast Guard and the National Guard. Y’all were heroic.

And just the average people down there. I talked to the survivors and worked in their neighborhoods. They banded together to help one another. Black, white, Hispanic…it didn’t matter. What mattered was saving lives.

I am grateful to all the charities and agencies that have done and continue to do outstanding work. Samaritan’s Purse, the Salvation Army, the Southern Baptist Relief organization, Eight Days of Hope, and many more have really helped people put their lives back together. I’ll tell you more in some future blogs, but for right now I just want to say thanks to all who have donated money, supplies, or who have actually gone down there. It’s working. God bless you.