I, like so many of you, continue to be glued to the news and social media praying that friends, family members, and fellow Texans are safe in the midst of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. We also long to help — to take swift action in tangible ways to provide assistance and show compassion and love.
The need is overwhelming, but we find ourselves asking, “What can I do to help now?”
I remember the immediate devastation of Hurricane Katrina. I also remember sitting in staff meetings 1 year and 2 years later, still working on and deploying resources to help in the relief and recovery work in the hardest hit areas. I know that a committed team from Faith went to help in New Orleans a full 18 months after Katrina because there was still so much work to be done.
The disaster relief and recovery work ahead is not a sprint, but a marathon. The ninja-fast response of high-volume material donations can overwhelm and even debilitate organizations trying to help in the first few days and weeks following a major crisis. So, let’s strive to be part of the marathon team. Let’s commit to being in this with our Texas neighbors to provide the long-term support that will be needed. Let our prayers and our efforts extend far beyond this week and next, and well into the weeks, months, and years to come.
As we commit to the marathon, here are some very practical ways we can also help right away.
Offer Financial Gifts
Let’s us give generously. Your generosity makes a difference and when you make a donation through the UMC, you can know with confidence that 100% every dollar given goes straight to relief and assistance. Your gifts online at www.northtexasumc.org/donate or through our Communion offering this Sunday in worship will go to Harvey relief efforts.
UMC Bishop Schnase said, “Financial generosity is vital when responding to this scale of need. There will be a time and place for specific material donations, but our response teams need the immediate flexibility that financial gifts make possible to purchase needed supplies and materials.”
Provide Materials to Make Much-Needed UMCOR Health Kits
See the list of needed items or find hard copies of the list at the Mission Matters table on Sunday.
May we always strive to act and react in ways that reveal the Christ within us and within others. May we let this spirit of generosity, love, compassion, and unity not only be seen in the wake of tragedy, but may it be our desire and intention every day.
I look forward to worship with you on Sunday.
P.S. Don’t forget the Church’s Birthday on September 10th! It won’t be the same celebration without you! Please make plans and sign up to be with us on this special day!