Hurricane Harvey is the most devastating hurricane to hit Texas in half a century. South Houston received nearly 50 inches of rain in a 4-day period, equivalent to the average annual rainfall experienced in much of the city.
As of 8/30, at least 30,000 people have been made homeless, and tens of thousands are without power. 50% of this year's cotton harvest in the region is lost. Insurance costs are projected to be over 10 billion dollars, with direct losses totaling more than 20 billion.
Harvey Relief Efforts
Restoration Church Bryan is a part of the Acts 29 Network, a diverse, global family of church-planting churches. We have over 20 Acts 29 churches in the greater Houston area, of which we are a part. Several pastors in our Network have lost homes, cars, and possessions. All of them have dozens, even hundreds, of church members who lost as much or more than they did.
No individual and no church can do everything in a situation that is as massively devastating as this one. But every individual and every church can play a part in the recovery. This will be a very long recovery process - a marathon, not a sprint.
Therefore, let us reflect on Paul's words to the Galatians: "And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:9-10)
Here is how you can get involved in the relief, recovery, and redevelopment of Houston:
Pray for the ongoing flooding along the Texas Coast and Houston metropolitan area - that the rains would stop and people would have access in and out of their living areas.
Pray for safety and efforts of the first responders, National Guard, and rescue workers who are attempting to bring aid.
Pray for relief organizations and local churches as they seek to meet needs, specifically for those within the Acts 29 Network:
- Christ Community Church of Magnolia
- Church Project
- Redeemer Church of Tomball
- Bridge Point Community Church
- Providence Community Church
- CrossWay Community Church
- Higher Expectations Church
- Christ Church Kingwood
- Christ Community Church of Houston
- Sojourn (Heights)
- Sojourn (Montrose)
- Seven Mile Road
- Kerusso Grace Church
- Crossings Community Church
- The Grove Church
- Crossbridge Church
- Acts Community Church
- Covenant Community Church
- Clear Creek Community Church (5 Campuses)
Pray that God would use these difficult times to bring many to a saving faith in Jesus.
Restoration has also launched our own "Harvey Relief" fund. We are going to take HALF of all funds raised through Restoration and donate directly to a handful of our partner churches in the Houston area - specifically Acts Community Church in Pasadena (Pastor Billy Bernhard), Kerusso Grace Church in Houston (Pastor Sergio Garcia), and possibly a few others.
(In the dropdown box, select the "Harvey Relief" fund)
While there are many excellent organizations that will be working to provide relief, rehabilitation, and redevelopment over the next few years, Restoration has chosen to partner with our fellow Acts 29 churches and to channel the other HALF of our funds through Clear Creek Community Church in League City, Texas.
We have the highest confidence in this church and its leaders to direct the funds to meet the most pressing needs in the best possible way. The Acts 29 Network has already given $50,000 towards this effort, and we hope that you will consider donating as well.
Here are four ways you can give:
By Check: mail your check to Clear Creek Community Church 999. N. Egret Bay Blvd, League City, Texas. Make sure to note "Acts 29 Harvey Relief" on the memo line.
Through Direct Deposit: email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions
Online: visit Clear Creek's Harvey Relief page (note "Acts 29" when asked to designate affiliation)
By Text: text keyword HARVEYRELIEF to 51555 and follow prompts to give via credit card
We will be planning numerous trips to Houston this fall. Stay tuned for information about our next trip. If you are interested in traveling with a group to either the 5th Ward or to Pasadena (Southeast Houston), let us know at email@example.com.
As soon as we receive information on opportunities to serve, we will post it here. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to serving with you in the days ahead.