From the Desk of the Lay Director – Sep 2017

De Colores Community,

Two weeks ago, millions of Texan’s lives were forever changed by hurricane Harvey.  Thankfully few lost their life and for them I pray that they knew Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Our daughter Kristen moved to Houston in August of last year to begin her career in consulting.  A couple of months ago Kristen’s roommate Carol purchased a home off of 610 and I-10 in west central Houston.  Carol and Kristen are both recently engaged, preparing for their weddings, and looking forward to the future.  

I know that Kristen was well prepared for life away from home largely due to an amazing Christian mother, my wife Susie.  Susie taught them to be frugal in their finances, strong in their faith, and generous with their time.  In addition, Kristen has surrounded herself with an incredible group of like-minded friends in Houston for strength and support.

In the days before the hurricane we spent many hours on the phone with Kristen talking through her decision to remain in Houston, discussing how to prepare for possible outcomes, and establishing options to escape to higher ground if needed.  And then, we turned it over to the Lord and placed our faith in Him to protect our little girl.

Kristen’s fiancé Brayden, Carol’s fiancé John and another couple decided to come together and join forces at Carol’s house to ride out the storm.  It was unclear where the flooding would occur and over the course of the weekend the water rose to the first step of the home several times.  It was touch and go, but they were blessed as water never entered the home.

Immediately following the flooding this incredible group of friends dispersed in the community volunteering in shelters, and helping families begin the recovery process.  It is simply amazing how God is working thru people who are loving and caring for those in need following the storm.

Here on the South Plains it seems like we are in a different world with little to no direct impact from the storm.  However, I know that many of you like me were impacted through family and friends who suffered great loss.  I pray for healing, recovery and renewal for each and every person. 

Father we praise you in this storm and we humbly ask for your blessings to pour out on the people impacted by hurricane Harvey.  Bless the hands that serve and multiply the offering given bringing glory to your kingdom on earth.  Amen

In Christ love,

Rod Smith
Community Lay Director
Llano Estacado Emmaus

Upcoming Opportunities

  • September Community Gathering: September 7, 2017
  • Agape United Methodist Church
  • 1215 Slide Road, Lubbock, TX 79416
  • Young Men’s Journey: September 14-17, Dustin Johnson – Lay Director
  • Men’s Walk #100: September 21-24, Glenn Campbell – Lay Director
  • Kairos Outside #14: Donna Merrick – Weekend Leader