Most of us have been glued to the news the last few days watching the nightmare of destruction that Hurricane Harvey is wreaking on the greater-Houston area. Some us have friends and family in the area; we hear first-hand of the tragedy happening right before them. Although the rain seems to be slowing, the rebuilding phase is still a long way off.
As United Methodists, we are there.
About 20 churches in the Texas Annual Conference are serving as emergency shelters.
UMCOR is working with disaster coordinators and early response teams throughout Texas and Louisiana to provide relief for the thousands of people affected by Harvey.
United Methodists will be in and around Texas and Louisiana for many months as we work together for recovery.
While there is much we cannot do at this time, here are a couple of things we can do today.
1. Pray for the those whose lives have been impacted by Harvey. Also pray for the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators and many volunteers of the United Methodist Church as they work tirelessly to provide relief.
2. Donate to UMCOR (Advance #901670).
a. If you wish to write a check, you can write the check to GOOD SHEPHERD with a memo to HARVEY RELIEF & bring to the church or put in the offering.
b. If you wish to donate electronically, follow this link: Donate to UMCOR
I am proud to be a United Methodist and know that 100% of our giving to UMCOR Harvey Relief goes to care for the people of Texas and Louisiana. The administrative/overhead costs of UMCOR are paid with our special offering in the spring.
In one of Jesus’ most famous teachings, He says, “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” If my family and I were sleeping on cots in a temporary shelter tonight, I would hope that a few kind people would see our needs and respond.
Dear Ones, this is a chance for us to be the hands and feet of Christ in a tangible way during one of the greatest natural calamities in recent history.