How You Can Help after Hurricane Harvey: August 2017

Missional OutreachDisaster Relief, Missional Outreach

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey engulf the home of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe, associate pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston.
(Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe)

Here is what you can do now for Texas Gulf Coast hurricane victims.

By Rev. Andy Lewis
Director, Center for Missional Outreach

It pains us all to see the impact that Hurricane Harvey has brought to the Texas Gulf Coast beginning August 25, 2017. The stories and images of what has transpired these last few days are, at the same time, both horrific and inspiring.

Watching these catastrophic and unprecedented events unfold makes many of us in North Texas want to pack our bags right away and be the hands and feet of Christ along the coast.

For now, there are three specific areas that need our direct attention and support: how we can address the needs for immediate support, evacuees who have traveled to the North Texas Conference seeking shelter and long-term relief and recovery efforts.

  • I am asking us all to prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to provide immediate support. We have set up an online donation form where your contributions and generosity certainly will bring aid and hope to those affected by the storm.
  • There are specific and tangible requests that would greatly assist the immediate needs of those who traveled to Dallas seeking shelter. They include:
    • Rooms/places offered by churches to sort clothing for shelter residents
    • Volunteers to sort donated clothing
    • Volunteers with automotive-mechanical skills to assist shelter residents
    • Donations of blankets, flip-flops and portable cribs (“pack-and-plays”) for shelter residents
  • The disaster and relief crews who will provide an immediate physical presence in the impacted areas have been trained and credentialed to do just that. There will be opportunities in the near future for others who want to do the same, and Rev. Dr. Janet Bell Odom — the Disaster Response Coordinator for the North Texas Conference — will make everyone aware of those when the needs have been assessed and groups organized.
  • We know, too, of needs for the donation of flood buckets to aid in long-term relief and recovery efforts. Please visit the North Texas Conference website for regular updates on the drop-off logistics of these items as well as additional information on ways to volunteer.

Please join me in continued prayer not only for the storm’s victims, but also for the caregivers and volunteers who are bringing relief to the situation. May our eyes and minds remain open for discernment in the ways God needs us to act.

More Information on How You Can Help

Donate to Disaster Relief Fund

Blessings,
Rev. Andy Lewis
Director, Center for Missional Outreach