Dear Faith Family,
Amid the devastation that Houston and Texas is experiencing due to Hurricane Harvey God is calling us to prayer, service and giving. Thousands of people are without homes, food, clothes, supplies and any kind of semi-permanent shelter. It is estimated that there is already over $150 billion worth of destruction making Harvey the largest natural disaster to ever hit America.
We want to make a difference as a faith family, in the name of Jesus, in three specific ways.
1. This Sunday and next we want to receive a special offering for relief efforts through our Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministry through our North American Mission Board. Please pray and ask God how He would have you give toward this special offering. Also, you can give in the following weeks as well if you are not prepared to give Sunday. Our Disaster Relief Teams were some of the very first on the ground and will be the last to leave after the recovery nears finish months and months from now. 100% of what you give will be on the ground in Texas in food, water, cleaning supplies, building materials, clothes, and daily living necessities all attached to the love and gospel of Jesus name! Please give. Involve every member of your family.
2. We want to be ready to go and serve as well. We will have specific ways we can do this in conjunction with our KBC and NAMB partnerships once recovery efforts are underway. More details should be shared by Pastor as soon as details are worked out.
3. With a disaster of this magnitude opportunity abounds to be in prayer for the people of Texas. Opportunity also abounds to share the gospel and point people to Jesus when talking about the great humanitarian need this storm has caused. After all, the greatest need we have is to have our sins forgiven and be in right relationship with the God who created us. Showing the love of Jesus in a practical way opens many doors to share the gospel. Church family, let's be praying and sharing the gospel like never before! People are in desperate need and Jesus is their answer!