Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Small Triumphs in the Midst of Great Tragedy

Got a call at 7:30 a.m. from a pastor in town wanting to know what she/her church could do about the victims of Hurricane Katrina who are "flooding" into Houston and whose stays at local hotels would soon be depleting the limited resources they might still have.

She concluded our conversation with, "So do you have a busy day ahead?"

Little did I know.

Nine hours later with the help of an incredible staff we'd identified local church-based shelters, matched up several needs with the resources needed, created a web-based information center and needs-matching area, and brainstormed possible longterm responses that could kick in after these immediate grassroots efforts are well underway.

And, at the risk of an overload of water-oriented metaphors in one post . . . this effort was merely a drop in the bucket to what's needed.

I'm simultaneously thrilled and overwhelmed.


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