500 Pastors Mobilize to Help Gulf Region
Despite their own losses, ministers are working with the Pastors Resource Council to rebuild their communities
Fewer than two days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, five men-four pastors of large churches and the leader of an influential ministry-gathered with other leaders at a church in hard-hit Mandeville, La. The men merged their respective networks to begin forming an organization that now numbers more than 500 Louisiana churches.
The next day, the relief effort of PRC Compassion began as chainsaw crews and work teams were sent to needy areas. Since then they have routed 530 semitrailers to points of need, coordinated medical care and deployed more than 4,000 volunteers who operate 10 relief centers from Lake Charles, La., to New Orleans to Gulfport, Miss. The network also operates five kitchens that serve 15,000 meals a day.
PRC Compassion was formed under the umbrella of Pastors Resource Council (PRC), a 7-year-old pastor's roundtable group established to address moral and social issues. Organizers say the compassion ministry may never have formed without pre-existing bonds of friendship among this core group of pastors.
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