Scott Hodge


Hurricane Katrina Tragedy

Aug 30, 2005

NeworleansI can hardly believe the images showing up on Foxnews and other networks.  80% of New Orleans is underwater, a city-wide avacuation is in effect and massive rescue efforts are underway.

I received an email from a good friend whose family has lost their home and business down in Mississippi.  It’s horrific. 

I’m asking myself how I can and should personally respond to this – as well as how our church community should respond.  It seems that responding is always better than reacting – so it’s probably best to wait and find out what and where the greatest needs are.

What are your thoughts on how the church (nationally)  or individuals can and should respond to this?

8 Responses to “Hurricane Katrina Tragedy”

  1. chris says:

    I’m asking the same question. It seems like this is place where the church needs to step in and roll up the pant legs, no question. What can an Arizonan do? Perhaps, as the water receeds we will find an opportunity to reach in somehow.
    Peace to you. Very much enjoy your blog…and taste in books…and music…and facial hair.

  2. I have asked my friends to go down and help once the rescue and recovery has been completed because the citizens are going to need a lot of relief helpers. There is going to be a need for help with clean-up. Then citizens are going to need help with rebuilding their houses, businesses, basically their lives.
    I know that sometimes people don’t have the option to take time because they don’t have the vacation time to use. I encouraged people to find a relief fund to make a donation to to help with the relief efforts. As I posted on my blog, the mayor of Biloxi (I think that is who said this) said that this (Hurricane Katrina) is their tsunami.
    The other thing that the church can do that will only cost them their time is TO PRAY! The people who are involved in this tragedy need our prayer support. They need to know that the hurricane didn’t come from God. They need to know that God is a loving God and will provide for them as they follow Him and rebuild their lives.
    For updates on my family who live in Biloxi, please visit my blog at
    Thanks to everyone who is taking the time to ask what they personally can do along with their church.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Prayers are always good, and donations to Red Cross. It is hard to sit in our homes knowing so many are in such dispair right now.

  4. Gary says:

    I am not a denom guy at all but I think this is where being part of one really helps. We are SBC and they are already there serving 500,000 meals a day. For the first time in a long time, I am proud to be Southern Baptist. I think in these cases, a denom can do a whole lot more then individual churches.

  5. Colleen says:

    I heard today that blood is needed and the mayor of Chicago is asking everyone if they can afford it to donate $100.00 to the redcross for food and supplies. You can get more info by calling 1-800-HELPNOW

  6. Colleen says:

    I heard today that blood is needed and the mayor of Chicago is asking everyone if they can afford it to donate $100.00 to the Redcross for food and supplies. You can get more info by calling 1-800-HELPNOW

  7. chris says:

    I’ve been reading and hearing that people all over the US are buying air fare and housing families on an individual basis. This is definately a place that the church could step in. I think we’ll mention it on Sunday. Try and get some momentum. who knows…

  8. beth says:

    hi Scott. I’m from Lafayette, LA, which is a large-ish city about 120 miles away from New Orleans. Due to the very concentrated nature of a hurricane, we were spared the devastation that our neighbors to the East have experienced, but we are experiencing the tragedy in a very different way. Between shelters, hotels, and those in private homes, we now have–at best estimate–around 40,000 displaced ‘refugees’ in the Lafayette area. And that’s not to mention those in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Jackson MS, etc. And they will be with us for a while–we’re talking several months and maybe even a year or more. We are doing everything we can to help, but I am very worried that the response of the nation will quickly dwindle, and we’re in it for the long-haul. My best advice to you and your church and other churches out there would be to partner with a church in the area (Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama) that is doing relief effort and stick with them/support them. I attend Trinity Bible Church in Lafayette and we’re currently housing approximately 60 refugees in our children’s building. Other churches are doing the same. And they are all working to find these ppl homes and jobs. it will be a challenge to assimilate this many people, but we trust a God that is bigger than any natural disaster. It won’t be FEMA, or the government, or even the church that brings us all through this–those are all people and people fail–it is only through the strength that God provides that we shall overcome this and become stronger as a result. k, i’ve gone to preaching, but I appreciate your concern and I’d love to help if you need more information on what you/your church can do.

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