Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, left for Corpus Christi, Texas, just two days after President Trump, in an effort to bolster the Trump administration’s support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Mike Pence helped to raise spirits by meeting with survivors of the hurricane, all while helping them clean up debris. Second Lady Karen Pence also offered her support by leading a clean-up crew in prayer. Karen’s prayer, which preceded an official government meeting, received no objections from the Texan crowd, according to the Independent Journal Review.
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Expressions of the Christian faith in government settings have been under attack in recent years, but the people of Texas were happy to bow their heads and follow the Second Lady in a short act of prayer. The moment helped unite the people ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
“We pray that you would build them up, give them the strength and the endurance as they go forward,” Karen Pence said. “We thank you for the first responders and those who at this very moment are saving lives. We pray for their safety and a blessing on them… We know you’re here with us, Lord, and we just pray your blessing on the state of Texas and Louisiana as they go through some hard days going forward. We know that You will lift us up.”
The crowd erupted into cheers as Karen Pence wrapped up her short prayer, and many in the crowd could be heard yelling, “Thank you!”
Vice President Pence is leading the Trump administration’s effort to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. The Vice President was joined on Airforce 2 by Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and acting Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, who are all assessing the damage in Texas.
Vice President Pence made his first stop in Texas outside a Baptist Church that was badly damaged by the storm in Rockport. CNN reports that Texas Governor Greg Abbott introduced Pence to a crowd of over 100 volunteers and survivors. “There is no storm as tough as the people of Texas!” Abbott exclaimed, before declaring Sunday, September 03 as an official day of prayer for the state.
Mrs. Karen Pence led a Texas clean-up crew in prayer. Is this OK?
Mike Pence told the crowd that, “Full resources of the national government are being brought to bear in a consistent way.” He also told the crowd that President Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, will return to Texas on Saturday, September 2nd, to continue the White House’s relief efforts.
Earlier in the week, President Trump explained that he has faith that Congress will act quickly to bring disaster relief to the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.