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August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm on Friday, August 25. Damage from the storm and subsequent flooding is widespread. It will take months, and in some areas years, to restore the Gulf Coast to its former state. As a part of our mission to make disciples, specifically through gospel-centered service, we are called to respond. We are called to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of these people in crisis by praying, giving and using our resources and influence. It is an opportunity to show the love of Christ and live out the gospel to our world.

Get Involved

Pray

  • Pray for the storm to abate and floodwaters to recede. Even the wind and the sea are obedient to our Lord (Mark 4:41).
  • Pray for the people who have had to evacuate their homes, especially those with nowhere to go. Pray for those unable to evacuate, who are stranded in their homes. Ask for the Lord’s provision for these people.
  • Pray for the first responders, National Guard, disaster relief volunteers and all others working to rescue those who are stranded, restore power to those without it, render aid to the injured and prevent as much damage as possible. Ask for safety and endurance for these men and women.
  • Pray for the grieving, those who have lost loved ones or suffered injuries, and those who have lost their homes. Ask the Lord to be their comfort and strength through the upcoming days, weeks and months.

Give

  • We have set up a Hope Fund for to help victims of disasters or crises through financial support of SG Partners. When these events arise, we seek out and vet local partners on the ground who have the best opportunity to serve the people most effected. In helping victims of Hurricane Harvey, these organizations will include large relief agencies like Crisis Response International and Samaritan’s Purse, as well as local churches and ministries in the Gulf Region.

Go

  • First, if you are interested in being trained so you can effectively respond to disasters and crises, Southern Baptists of Texas is doing multiple trainings in September and October. For more information or to sign up: http://sbtexas.com/evangelism/disaster-relief/training-schedule/ (Must be at least 18 years old).
  • For online training with Crisis Response International on how to respond in times of crisis, check out: http://cri-academy.thinkific.com.  Course 1 Online is currently reduced from $200 to $50 by using the coupon code: hurricaneharvey. (CRI only accepts volunteers who have been through their basic training courses.)
  • If you want to be able to show up and immediately go to work in Houston, we have found a great organization for you to volunteer with. Their name is Eight Days of Hope. To find out more or to sign-up: eightdaysofhope.com. We may be sending teams of people to work with Eight Days of Hope in late September or October. However, we encourage you to recruit a group of people to travel with, find a good time to go and sign up at eightdaysofhope.com. They will be “mudding out” houses, removing furniture and helping with construction in the Houston area for at least the next 6-8 weeks. (Must be at least 18 years old).
  • To learn how to serve with Samaritan’s Purse, go to: https://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/hurricane-harvey-reponse/ (Must be at least 14 years old).

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