Even as megachurch pastor Joel Osteen was only reluctantly pressured into letting Hurricane Harvey victims stay in his church, another Houston-area pastor was braving the flood waters searching for survivors.
CBS News reports that a pastor in the area, who did not wish to be publicly identified, has spent the week swimming through areas with flooded cars in Houston to make sure no one is trapped inside.
Houston resident Brian Roberson, who took photos of the pastor swimming through flood waters to search cars, tells CBS that he was floored to see the man’s dedication to helping others.
“He didn’t have to do that,” Roberson says. “It’s just an amazing thing to see. That just speaks to the power of Houstonians and Texans. We’re here for each other.”
Even though onlookers tried to discourage the pastor, the man told them he had a duty to try to help.
“I’m not coming back until I check them twice,” he yelled to people watching him from dry ground, according to witnesses.
Roberson says many people throughout Houston are looking for the pastor to thank him and make a donation to his church.
“Individuals as far as New Orleans and Florida are hoping to identify the man to make a donation to his church,” Roberson says. “Someone said they would drive seven hours just to visit.”