Dan Duke, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in New Orleans, La
NEW ORLEANS (PD) - God is being glorified and the love of Christ is being shared through hundreds of churches along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast region because purpose driven churches have generously opened their hearts to pastors in need.
More than $1 million in financial support is flowing to pastors of more than 215 congregations whose buildings were damaged and congregations were scattered when Hurricane Katrina struck the coast on Aug. 29.
Churches in the Purpose Driven® network are "holding the ropes" in other ways too: praying, providing spiritual support, sending work teams and materials, and helping replace pastors' libraries.
Dan Duke, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in New Orleans, La., recently received notification that a family in California would provide him with three month's wages.
"I was awed by the generosity," Duke
"When the church can't collect offerings, there's no way for them to pay you.
It's a very difficult position to be in."
church building survived the actual hurricane.
The lack of electricity hampers clean-up in some areas, according to Duke
And crews still are hampered from a lack of utilities.
"About 70 percent of the city is still without electricity," he
Duke's house received water damage, so he
is currently living in an apartment while he
continues to preach.
congregation are now meeting in the chapel of Lamana-Panno-Fallo Funeral Home
in Metairie, La., free of charge.
And the telephone company has rerouted the church's phone to a member's home.
Through the hardships, Duke
has seen God glorified from the time he
relocated to Lafayette to the notification that he
would receive funding from a benefactor through the Adopt-A-Pastor
"The kindness and hospitality in the Lafayette area, and the people around the country is incredible," he
is deeply moved by the support his
family is receiving.
"It makes a great difference," he