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I’ve been actively trying to raise some funds for Samaritan’s Purse to help them do what they’re doing, and have been able to raise a significant amount of money. We’re going to keep doing that for the individuals on the island—there’s about 70,000 or so of them—and they depend completely on those hotels and the tourism that takes place. It’s going to be a long time before that’s back up, so I felt this was a great opportunity for the church to be the church.

What has God been showing you through this situation?

As a pastor obviously, this is something I talk about a lot. Whether it’s through a hurricane or through a death in the family, we live in a broken world. As Romans chapter 5 tells us, through one man, sin entered the world, and through that one man, death entered the world. We live in a broken world that’s full of pain and sorrow and suffering.

It’s a reminder to me, an encouragement to me, that what we do—sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ—is vital. It’s critical because Jesus is the answer to the broken world and to all the crises that we face, whether through terrorism or natural disasters or other things like that. As the church of Jesus Christ, we’ve got to be passionate, we’ve got to be deliberate, and we’ve got to work fervently to get that message of the hope that’s found in Christ out to the world.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length.

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