Phase I of ‘Adopt-A-Pastor’ relief effort completed in the U-S

By December 20, 2005

USA (MNN) — Hurricane Katrina devastated many communities. That devastation left many pastors without support and little or no money to assist those in need in their communities.

Over the course of the last three months Purpose Driven Ministries pastors from all over the United States have contributed more than $1.2 million to the hurricane relief effort through Purpose Driven’s Adopt-a-Pastor program.

This money has been given pastor-to-pastor and church-to-church to assist with the salaries of senior pastors directly affected by the recent onslaught of hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. This unique and innovative approach has helped more than 200 pastors and churches keep their doors open in order to minister to their hurting communities and support those needing practical and spiritual help. It’s allowed many churches to share the Gospel to those who otherwise wouldn’t listen.

Phase I is now complete. It’s time to move on to Phase II.

Although the hurricane news has moved to the back pages of the papers or is non-existent on the evening news, one message from leaders in the hurricane zone still stands out: “Don’t forget us. We are still struggling.”

In New Orleans alone, many pastors are just being allowed to return and see the extensive damage sustained by their churches. It is an overwhelming future for many. That’s where we come in.

“Call-A-Pastor” is the name for the next level of commitment. Pastors in these devastated areas are looked to for strength by many others, but they are only human – even they face tough days. Often, the only thing they need is a kind and caring listening ear on the other end of the phone encouraging them to “keep on keeping on.”

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