Hurrican Harvey hit the greater Houston area in late August. It will take months (years, in some cases) to recover from the flood damages. Many have inquired about what we can do to help. We’ve talked directly with some of our partner churches on the ground in Houston. Here’s how they said we can help.
Please spend a few moments as Houston crosses your mind to pray. Pray for the grieving who have lost loved ones, suffered great injuries, or lost their homes. Pray for the first responders, disaster relief workers, the National Guard, and all others working and volunteering in rescuing efforts.
Praise God that unity and collaboration amongst churches in Houston and others has been great. Pray for other Acts 29 churches as they have a unique missional opportunity to be the visible church, serving people in need.
You can give to the Red Cross or Samaritan’s Purse who are both set up with the staff and systems to meet the most pressing and immediate needs of disaster relief (rescue efforts, shelter, food, water). They are already on the ground with clearance to go where needs are most urgent.
You can also give to the Houston Church Planting Network. Donations will be used to provide relief and recovery assistance to individuals, families, and churches impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Finances will be the biggest need as they prepare for the recovery effort.
Here are four ways to give:
- US donors can text keyword HARVEYRELIEF to 51555 and follow prompts to give via credit card
- Anyone can give online at www.clearcreek.org/harveyrelief
- Anyone can mail a check to Clear Creek Community Church 999. N. Egret Bay Blvd. League City, TX
- If you would like to wire funds please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
3. If you want to go and serve
Dollars given immediately are the best ways to help without hindering the relief efforts, especially in the first couple months. This video explains why.
The Houston Church Planting Network is compiling a list of churches from outside of Houston that may be interested in bringing in a team to serve, donating supplies, etc., as the waters recede.
The recovery effort will be going on for months, so please be patient as they get coordinated for long-term efforts. This will be a marathon and not a sprint. RESCUE & RELIEF are happening now but RECOVERY effots will go on for many months. If it makes sense to send a small team, and if it would be helpful, we will let you know. So stay tuned and remain prayerful in the meantime.