Hurricane Harvey and Helping Those Affected

I am sure you are, like me, horrified at what Hurricane Harvey has done to Houston. Without sounding trite, it seems to be a flood of biblical proportions for that section of the country. I have been moved deeply as I see the pictures of suffering.

A number of people have asked if we are going to do anything to help those who have been affected by the hurricane.

The short answer is YES.

We are going to look to do something “smaller” right away. And we will take some time to consider a more strategic investment of our resources and help.

In the next week, we are taking action to lend immediate aid to those in Texas. In addition, we are taking time to pursue a more strategic investment for bigger impact to all those affected.

The United States government and the Christian church have learned a lot about responding to disasters and providing both relief and long-term help. Living Word was very involved in Hurricane Katrina relief and we will be involved again.

When disaster strikes, everyone has high levels of concern and initial interest. A lot of energy is generated. Then, like many other things, it fades from our attention. To have a sustained and helpful presence takes longer, and the needs are going to be there for a long time.

So, while various government agencies and other organizations will mobilize quickly to provide immediate help (and we will help), we are going to make connections and find those who are very under-resourced and walk with them for a longer time. That is exactly what we did in Biloxi (near New Orleans) after Hurricane Katrina. It will take us a little time, but we will keep you up to date on how the Lord is leading us and to whom the Lord leads us.

I came across a very good article that helps us think more clearly about disaster relief. I think you will find it informative and wise. Hurricane Harvey is Here. If you scroll down to the bottom of the first page, you will see a button to click so you can read the article as a single page.

Let’s keep those who suffer in our prayers.

Pastor Brian

 

Brian Rice