Watch our response video to see how you can help make those impacted.
Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston, Texas area over the weekend and steady rain has been covering that area ever since. When it is all said and done with there will be close to, if not more than, 50 inches of rain that will have fallen on the area. With that amount of rain in such a short amount of time, severe flooding is ravaging communities in the path of the storm. Looking at all the pictures it personally reminds me of Hurricane Katrina and how it caused so much devastation in New Orleans and the surrounding areas back in 2005. It took years for Louisiana to recover and it will likely take many years for this part of Texas to recover as well.
When a disaster like Harvey hits, many people feel like they would like to help but don’t know how. So what can you do?
Here are a few ideas:
- Pray. As much as we would like to help, sometimes you can’t actually make a trip to an area or give financially. If you can’t help in those ways, take time and pray daily for those affected in the area, and that God would do a great work and help bring restoration to the lives of those affected. One specific way we can pray is for CoastPointe Church – a brand new church plant in Dickinson, TX. Almost all of The Weather Channel coverage this weekend of the boats going in and hauling people out was footage from Dickinson.
- Plan a trip to go help. Every time there is a natural disaster of some sort there are stories of people getting in their cars and going to the area affected just help where they can. If you have time to do this, it could be an amazing opportunity for you. Below you will find local church partners in the area that can help you get connected.
- Support an Organization that is helping. Oftentimes when a disaster of any sort happens, various aid organizations step in and collect money to help the victims and relief efforts. As a church, we prefer to support local churches in the area who can serve and provide relief in Jesus’ name. Of course, you can give to whatever organization working in the area, but we encourage you to give to New Life’s aid fund (text nl4missions to 77977 or click here) so that we can partner with local churches who have boots on the ground serving people with Christ’s love. You can check out the list of the partners we’re currently working with below.
There are probably other ways you can help the area and victims affected by Harvey over the next few weeks, months, and years. As you decide and pray about what God is calling you to do remember, God does call us to help those in need.
Hebrews 13:16 ESV – “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Philippians 2:4 ESV – “Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.”
What can you do to deploy at a moments notice like this? Pray about what you can do and take action in some way.
The following are local churches and relief partners we are connected to. We will release funds and send volunteers according to their specific needs and ability to serve their communities. We will update this list as we finalize our plans.
- Creekside Christian Fellowship in Needville, TX. One of the devastating videos used on the news Sunday showed highways being washed away in Rosenburg, Texas just a few miles from Creekside. Emergency response teams in this area are being staged at Creekside’s church building. Greg Garcia, the Senior Minister and one of our church planting partners, evacuated his house today. He moved his family into a hotel and carried their necessities out through about a half mile of knee deep water in “what would have made a great Jeep commercial”. They have already formed their leadership teams into response teams. Now they’re just waiting until they get a green light from authorities (in other words – that it is safe for them to jump in).
- Clear Creek Community Church (founder of the Houston Church Planting Network) They are the host site for the Houston Exponential Regional church planting conference set for November. They are mobilizing a support plan to help churches across the country to donate money, supplies, and manpower. Long-term, they will facilitate a collaborative recovery effort with churches who volunteer to help their community recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Their team is ready to hit the ground as the flood waters recede. They believe this will be on the front burner for their churches for 6 months to a year.
- Locally we are working to coordinate a donation drive to collect relief supplies and household goods much like we did for Hurricane Katrina. Please be in prayer that God provides the various partners we will need to do this effectively. If you’d like to be a part please email info@THEnZone.com