We have just witnessed what might become the worst natural disaster in American history in Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of parts of Texas and surrounding states. Rescue efforts continue as flooding has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced the families that live in them. We live in an era where we can learn so much about the far away disaster and yet feel so helpless to offer relief. Here are a few ways to support those who are hurting and those who are helping.
Southern Baptist relief was on its way before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has sent supplies to the hardest hit areas. To add financial support to NAMB’s work visit:
At the state level, North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM) has mobilized their mobile kitchens, shower units, laundry units, bunk units, generators and will be providing 30,000 meals a day to feed those affected by Harvey. If you’d like to support the NCBM work you can make a contribution. Please make your checks payable to …
- N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists On Mission
- Designated for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief
Mail to …
You can also give online towards this work at …
Volunteers will be needed to help. If you’re interested in going to Texas to help with the relief work, you can visit www.baptistsonmission.org/hurricaneharvey to learn more about the needs and sign up to volunteer.
This is not the last option, but rather an important, necessary option. Take some time to pray for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by this storm. Pray for all those who have volunteered to go and serve. Pray for their safety as they minister and witness in these hard hit areas. Pray for the witness of ALL the churches in those affected areas; pray that in this darkest hour of human pain, that God’s love would shine forth to all those who are hurting. Your prayers matter. As you pray, ask the Lord to show you how you might respond. I’m sure that He will show you and prompt you for how you might help.
If you have other ideas for how the Church might respond and help with the relief effort, please email or call me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-556-1546 (ext. 506).
For the Lord,