UPDATE ON HARVEY
HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE UPDATE
September 5, 2017
People in disarray, no homes, no possessions, and for some it feels as if there is no hope. The catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey left Texas to undergo the largest recovery-housing missions that the nation has ever seen according to FEMA. This recovery process will be long and frustrating and will take years of work. Fortunately for the thousands of displaced survivors, there are helpers to ease the hardships of their loss. SBDR (Southern Baptist Disaster Relief) and SEND Relief (NAMB compassion ministry) will be ministering together to help the people of Texas. This response will be long term; there will be work to do for one to two years.
Texas Baptist Men and Southern Baptist Convention of Texas have coordinated much of the immediate response with help from NAMB DR. They have 12 large mobile kitchens set up and are serving thousands of meals partnering with the American Red Cross. More mobile kitchens are on standby waiting for water to recede or food supplies.
What are several ways you can help in this time of need?
Pray. Please pray for the survivors, first responders and all volunteers helping in this historic disaster.
Give offering to help survivors and the SBDR to buy resources (food, cleaning supplies, mold killer, etc.) needed to help survivors. Donations of goods are great if necessary and are specific to what the disaster area is asking. However for us in Hawaii, the cost to ship those products are super expensive. That shipping cost will be better used for the SBDR teams to purchase locally.
Here are some ways to give offerings:
Churches collect the offering and send one check to HPBC, and we will send directly to NAMB Disaster Relief with all of our churches offerings.
Memo your checks with “Hurricane Harvey” for NAMB DR Survivor Support
Memo your check with “Harvey Travel” if you would like to help SBDR teams with air travel to help survivors.
Individuals can give online directly to https://www.namb.net for SEND Relief NAMB DR/Harvey
http://sbtexas.com for Southern Baptist Texas Convention DR/Harvey.
http://texasbaptistmen.org/ for Texas Baptist Men DR/Harvey.
Consider going as a church group or SBDR team or a combination of both. We will need trained and untrained volunteers from our churches to respond from now until we can help those who need it. This is the time to show the love of Christ to the people of Texas and Louisiana.
Train in SBDR ministry and mud out recovery.
Church groups go to https://www.namb.net/send-relief/disaster-relief/hurricane-harvey for info and registration form to go as a church group with NAMB SEND Relief. SEND Relief will work with your church to get a place to serve and set up lodging. Please do not self-deploy.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has been activated and is monitoring the situation. Texas Baptist Men, Southern Baptist Texas Convention and North American Mission Board are actively working to be ready for the response. Large mass feeding units from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and other State Convention are prepping the mobile kitchens and are in holding areas ready to go when the go signal is given. Texas government (County Judges are telling SBDR, TBM, SBTC and other organizations to not enter yet) as the roads are not passable and first responders will continue rescuing people.
Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention Disaster Relief will activate as soon as NAMB DR and Texas Convention’s set up lodging for teams to come and work. I will need trained volunteers initially and at some point church volunteer teams will be needed. Please pray for the survivors, first responders and DR volunteers as this is a huge disaster, possibly larger than Katrina.
This is the time to support our Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, NAMB Disaster Relief with monetary support.
Churches can send a check to HPBC and we will send the money to NAMB Disaster Relief and those moneys will go directly to support Survivors with resources. Helping our HPBC DR volunteers with travel costs so we can send teams to work with feeding teams or repair homes can be another way to help with your offerings.
Mark your check:
“Hurricane Harvey” for NAMB DR support.
“Harvey Travel “ for HPBC teams.
More Information will be coming as soon as I get an update from NAMB DR and Texas. This will be a long response of months to years. Please be patient but start thinking of periods of time you could possibly respond and begin making plans for it.