A few thoughts about helping in crisis…
As Christ-followers, we are called to be generous and make sacrifices for the benefits of others and the Gospel. However, we are equally called to be patient and wise. Often, in the midst of widespread photographs, news reports and concern, our emotions can start doing our thinking for us. We want to do something to help, no doubt; but, let’s make sure that we are seeking wisdom to ensure that “something” is the most effective that it can be.
…let’s make sure that we are seeking wisdom to ensure that “something” is the most effective that it can be.
Here are a few things that we all need to think about and know:
1. Long-term not short-term commitment.
Obviously, Hurricane Harvey is not a “short-run” event. It is a huge catastrophe that is going to take months and even years to work through. So, let’s all take a deep breath in the midst of this crisis and ask the question, “what is our long-term commitment that will make the greatest impact in the Gulf Region?”
…“what is our long-term commitment that will make the greatest impact in the Gulf Region?”
At Stonegate, our leadership team is committed to working with local partners in the Gulf Region over the long haul for the purpose of helping, encouraging and effectively distributing resources.
2. Gas Shortages.
If someone is getting ready to make a run to Houston, there are severe gas shortages in San Antonio and Dallas. They need to understand that in their attempt to “get down there,” they may become stranded if they have not made arrangements to ensure they have enough fuel to get there, get around and get back.. Our friends with one crisis response organization were forced to move their operations from Rockwall to Tomball because there was not enough available fuel to run the generators that they have. Again, if someone is heading to the area to help but does not have fuel to run the generators for the shop vacs, fans, etc that they are taking, they will find themselves really frustrated.
3. Look for local agencies to support.
There is a supply drive happening for Crisis Response International at the Rockhounds stadium tonight through Saturday (August 31–September 2). They need clean clothing and underwear, cleaning supplies, buckets, trash bags, ziploc bags, etc. But, what they need the most is tarps for people to put on their damaged roofs.
They need clean clothing and underwear, cleaning supplies, buckets, trash bags, ziploc bags, etc. But, what they need the most is tarps for people to put on their damaged roofs.
These will probably be hard to find at the store at this point; but, if you would like to donate supplies or have used tarps in good condition, please take them to the BJ Services truck at the Rockhounds ticket office.
Additional Insight – Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey had some wise advice on his show recently about the best way to help people and to show generosity in these type of crises. You may want to listen to the first 20-25 minutes of this program as you wisely consider your part in this intervention – Podcast #9069.
At Stonegate, we will continue to communicate the things we will be doing to help – and we will be doing things to help! – as clearly as possible once our partners on the ground communicate them to us. For things you can do right now, please refer to the Hurricane Relief page on the homepage of www.stonegatefellowship.com
Finally, never underestimate prayer as an effective way to get involved. Please pray for the people of Houston and wisdom for the thousands of our brothers and sisters who live in that area as they walk through this tragedy with their communities.
Stonegate Fellowship, Minister of Missions.