Our hearts are moved by the images and videos we’ve seen of the destruction caused by Harvey and Irma. And when there is pain, the church is called to bring relief.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Be in constant prayer for the people of South Texas and Florida. Pray for their safety and their recovery. Pray for the workers and volunteers who are trying to save lives and restore these areas. And pray that, in the midst of these circumstances, the God of Peace would make Himself known.
There are so many organizations that are asking for donations that it can be difficult to know where to send help. Here are a few that we have confidence in:
World Vision – World Vision is helping in Florida, as well as smaller Caribbean nations impacted by Irma.
If you have the time and the resources, there is a need for people on the ground to help with the recovery effort. Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief is currently on the ground in Orange, TX and a team is preparing to help in Florida. There are other opportunities for hands-on volunteer work in these affected regions. If you’d like to serve somewhere, please contact the office and we will help connect you!