By Guest Nicole
Como encontré mi SalÃ³n del Reino ayer enÂ Houston, Texas Â tras el paso del HuracÃ¡nÂ Harvey! JehovÃ¡ es un Padre amoroso que siempre nos cuida. Â Agradezco pertenecer a esta maravillosa familia. ??? Gracias !Â
By Bible Speaks
Caring For Others in Disaster Relief Work in Texas
Disaster relief work in Houston, Texas, USA. Some of these friends did lose everything but they're still focused on the most important things and reaching out to help others.
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Evacuees arrive at Lakewood Church after its pastor, Joel Osteen, received criticism for initial response to Hurricane HarveyBy TheWorldNewsOrg
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Hurricane Harvey: Are Houston's zoning laws to blame for the damage?
The story of the day – perhaps the story of many days if they can resist taking shots at Trump, is the furniture store owner who made his two stores shelters for displaced Houstonians. “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (don’t you love the guy already?), ever philanthropic, says the city has helped him through tough times and now he will give back.
The generous deed put “poor” Joel Osteen in a bad light, for he was roundly condemned the day before for not opening his mega-church to the homeless - it seats 17,000. One fellow on Twitter declared the score: Publicity Capitalism 1, Prosperity Gospel 0.
This is unfair. Why credit publicity capitalism? That is merely the tool employed. Mattress Mack credits his Catholic faith. “I was raised as a Catholic. I continued my Catholic faith throughout my life, trying to do the right thing,” he says.
A good deed is a good deed. Credit it instantly and unbegrudgingly. It doesn’t mean I’m going Catholic on anyone. It doesn’t mean I think the overall picture favors them. But a good deed is a good deed.
And before slamming Joel too much, one must ask what do Jehovah’s Witnesses do with their meeting places. I’m not worried here. Assembly Halls are invariably put to good use as distribution hubs for relief work, which starts almost immediately – its regular use is suspended for a time. Kingdom Halls are also put to good use, though regular use there is not suspended. Or is it? I don’t really know, having never been in that scenario, but I don’t think so. Witness families, however, are known for taking each other into their homes in a heartbeat.
As for Joel – look, I don’t care for the guy – does he ever wipe that smile off his face? - but neither do I want to take cheap shots. He did eventually come around. Was he shamed into it? Or would he have gotten around to it eventually, once access to his own building was made smoothe. You can’t depend on the media to relay things accurately – they are anti-religious.
Nonetheless, Mattress Mack is the hero of the day. It’s not as though he had two cavernous buildings wide open. He must have had to have move his mattresses somewhere. Go there and buy one – take it off his hands. Or actually no. He would have just flopped his mattresses down and let people sleep on them.
By James Thomas Rook Jr.
What a GREAT time to be a flood insurance company ...... collect premiums for 60 years ... then go BANKRUPT!
Two guys sitting in lawn chairs on the beach in Miami....
First one says "I retired with MILLIONS after my factory burned down."
Second one says "I retired with BILLIONS after MY business was flooded out."
First one replies " Hmmm... how do you start a flood?"
Ok... moving right along ... not that the Society has "acquired" full responsibility for all Kingdom Halls, including the ones destroyed in Houston and Southern Texas, and the prices of wood and raw materials will be short for five years, and prices for materials and labor will go up dramatically, people trying to rebuild EVERYTHING (almost) ... can we expect the Society to pour BILLIONS of dollars into the reconstruction of its South Texas and Coastal Louisiana property in the foreseeable future?
This might be a good place to put articles and thoughts of EVERY nature pertaining to the catastrophe in South Texas.