Gov. Abbott and VP Pence Visit Rockport, Texas, Pray With Harvey Victims
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Vice President Mike Pence spoke outside the First Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas, as the Gulf region deals with the catastrophic flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Rockport, a coastal fishing town of about 10,000 people, was slammed when Harvey made landfall Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane.
"There is no storm as tough as the people of Texas," Abbott said. "We will rise again and we will rebuild this great town and the affected areas across the state of Texas."
He said it's important to remember in trying times like these that the greatest power that exists is the power of God, and that's why he's declaring Sunday, September 3, a day of prayer in Texas.
"We will pray as one united people for the future of the state and the future of this country," Abbott said.
Vice President Pence, accompanied by Second Lady Karen Pence, said President Donald Trump wanted them to visit Texas to show that the federal government is committed to helping those affected.
"We are here today, we will be here tomorrow and we will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before," Pence said.
He said the people of Texas - from citizens to first responders to state leaders - have inspired the entire nation with their courage and your resilience.
"It's a long way to go. It's not months, but it's years," Pence said. "The challenges will be great. But we know that the generosity and the prayers and the faith of the people of Texas and the American people will be greater still."
Second Lady Pence then led the crowd in prayer, asking for God's blessing as the Gulf region begins the road to recovery.
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