Help for Houston

It has also been a traumatic week for millions in Texas. In response to the crisis, we are sending a small team of people later this week with supplies to help churches in Houston (who will distribute as needed). There are three ways you can help:

1. Donate money to help where most needed. There are a lot of great organizations out there, but not a lot of transparency as to how that money will be used. We are sending everything we receive for Hurricane Harvey Relief to CAMA Disaster Relief (the Christian and Missionary Alliance compassion and relief organization). They use every dollar to help those in need and show the compassion of Christ. You can donate directly to them, or  give through our website and put Houston in the memo.

2. Bring in non-perishable food items and necessities (think life after Hurricane Wilma – grocery stores empty, etc. They need canned goods, but also protein/granola bars, cereal, baby formula, diapers, toiletries, insect repellant, etc. But please, not your old expired cans of vegetables that even your dog wouldn’t eat. Bring non-perishable food that you would want to eat after a hurricane). They say that they have plenty of water (contrary to news reports). We are not bringing clothes at this time. You can drop supplies at church THIS Sunday, Sept 3 (8am-2pm), Monday, Sept 4 (anytime, just put on the patio), or Tuesday, Sept 5 (8AM-8PM). Our group is leaving early Wednesday morning, Sept 6.

3. Volunteer to go. They need teams of people able to do relief work, gutting of houses (drywall demo, etc) and other typical hurricane/flood clean up. (80% of Houston home owners do not have flood insurance – so the relief effort will go on for quite some time). The coordinating churches do have places for us to stay, but anyone wanting to go needs to have their own bedding and food. It is a 2 day drive there (normally 14 hours, but I-10 is washed out going into Texas, so it will take longer). We leave Wednesday morning. If you want to go with us and can be gone for at least a week, email as soon as possible. Also, if you are able to drive or transport supplies, let him know.

In the midst of this tragedy, we have an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ. Pray about how you can be involved.

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