Our Hurricane Harvey Response
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
In a time of crisis we might find ourselves feeling helpless and anxious about what we might do to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a deeply hurting world. The feelings of helplessness are normal and understandable, especially when the crisis is happening in outside of our immediate area.
The reports we are reading from the East Texas of property damage are sobering and widespread.
Here are three actions we ask you to consider taking as we stand with those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey:
This is the most important action we can take. Pray for the safety of all those impacted. Pray for comfort and assurance of the goodness of God. Pray for patience and perseverance as the rain stops and the flood water begin to recede. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the devastation without words to pray, this simple prayer is quite powerful: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord have mercy. As you pray, be encouraged and remember that the Holy Spirit translates our deepest groanings and imperfect words.
Next to prayer, financial support is the best way to support the victims in these early days. You may make donations by clicking the donate button below or by placing a check in the mail to us. Anything you designate for Hurricane Harvey relief will be distributed using the following priorities:
- Peace Officer Ministries deployment. We are currently assessing needs, but we may deploy to the area. We will need help covering the associated expenses. In the past, we have helped conduct critical incident debriefs, ministered to officers and their families, and even assisted officers in wellness checks and calls for service. Your generosity and flexibility allows us to serve in a very unique way. The toll of critical incidents on our first responders is sometimes overlooked by more traditional relief organizations.
- East Texas Law Enforcement Support. Any funds not used for deployment expenses will be diverted to support law enforcement in the area in ways yet to be defined, assessed, and approved by our Board of Directors. This support might include scholarships to POM training for for East Texas area chaplains, Bibles to be distributed to officers, future follow up visits to the area.
After the flood waters recede, there will be opportunities for groups to help with "boots on the ground" in the area. Look for those opportunities. Additionally, look for volunteer opportunities in your immediate area that support our emergency service professionals.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9