The flooding in Minot has reached epic proportions. It has gotten bad enough that the national news actually is paying attention. That is something. Eric Sevareid, a North Dakota native and a long time television newsman called North Dakota “a vast rectangular blank spot on the nations consciousness”. Minnesota shares some of the same benign neglect except for Mao Clinic and the Vikings. Disasters not only bring out the best in us, they garner us some attention as well. It is sad but true. Most people never heard of Grand Forks until the whole town was flooded in 1997.
The mercy connection in disaster has a face and a name. It’s Carlos Hernandez. He is with LCMS World Relief and Human Care. I was with him in New Orleans. I was supoosed to be with him in Haiti. I was with him in Wadena Minnesota after the tornado. He was here in Grafton and Drayton during our trials. He is a one of a kind and reacts to every disaster with the same statement – “Dude, we gotta go!” He lives in Sacramento California, but if you need him he will be at your door in about a day and a half.
He is in Minot. Pastor Paul Krueger, whose father was a Pastor in Hackensack or Walker or somewhere up North of Brainerd is hosting him and assessing the situation in Minot. about the situation of one of our churches, St. Marks and about Carlos he writes, “So far, water is at the foundation of St. Marks, they’ve probably got water in the basement, but the current crest stopped short of going into the building.It was a joy to spend time with Carlos. I appreciate his insight and his great wisdom. What a blessing to me personally, and to the people I serve.”
That’s Carlos – a joy and a blessing. That is God’s gift to us as well. Joy even in the midst of sorrow and difficulty. I pray that joy for my relatives. I have a Godchild in Minot that I have been told has lost her home and an Aunt that lost her’s as well.
Please say a prayer for these folks and if you can contribute to LCMS World Relief and Human Care. There is a give now botton at www.lcms.org. Also check out the “Mercy Forever” blog site.