Houston’s most famous native is giving back. Beyonce shared words of encouragement – as well as much-needed resources with Hurricane Harvey victims at St. John’s Church in her native Houston on Friday afternoon, leading ‘a celebration of survival’ about two weeks after the disaster first struck the area.
‘I just wanna say I love you,’ said 36-year-old songstress – who was accompanied by daughter Blue Ivy, five, mother Tina Knowles Lawson, 63, and Destiny’s Child bandmate Michelle Williams, 37, on her inspirational trek to the church, where she has a long history.
‘I sang my first solo here,’ the Grammy-winning artist said, ‘and I just wanna thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is.’
The megastar made clear that despite her international fame and fortune, her heart was with her hometown in the wake of the disaster.
‘I just wanna say that I’m home,’ Beyonce said Friday of her birthplace in the wake of the hurricane, which initially hit August 25, dropping in excess of 50 inches of rain while leaving at least 60 people dead and damages totaling about $180 billion, and displacing residents in more than 203,000 households, according to Reuters.
‘This church is my home,’ she said. ‘I was maybe nine- or 10-years-old the first time I sat there where my daughter is sitting.
Y’all are my family, Houston is my home and I thank God that you’re safe, that your children are safe.