local harvey recovery efforts through faith
Friday, September 1, 2017
The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is hard to put into
words. The physical, emotional, and spiritual toll will be felt for a long
time. As followers of Jesus, we are tasked with connecting people with God’s
grace. Jesus told us that whenever we take care of those in need we are taking
care of Him (Matthew 25:40). The work of rebuilding will be a big part of our
lives in the weeks and months ahead.
Faith UMC is committed to answering Jesus’ call. In fulfillment
of that, we are partnering with a disaster recovery, non-profit organization
called All Hands. You can check out their website to find out more about them (hands.org). All Hands is a well funded, experienced
and organized group. They pre-site the work that needs to be done, equip, and
deploy volunteers into the mission field.
In May of 2016, Parkway United Methodist Church
hosted All Hands at their facility and many of us at
Faith UMC partnered with them in recovering from the “Memorial Day Flood”. All
Hands reached out to Parkway this week and asked if Parkway would be willing to
partner with them again. All Hands is prepared to send
200 volunteers to work in the area for at least the next 3 months and Parkway
doesn’t have the facilities to house all of the volunteers.
The Pastors and the Faith UMC Trustees have
talked and prayed about this and feel that offering our Annex building to help
house these amazing and dedicated volunteers from around the United States
would be a wonderful way to show God’s love and spread his grace in the
community. We met with the All Hands program director
and showed her the Annex. She believes it can house up to 100 volunteers. We
agreed to partner with All Hands for at least the next 3 months or as long as
needed. We not only will be providing a staging point for recovery in the
Richmond/Rosenberg area to All Hands and the volunteers they bring with them,
but we will also be working alongside them and inviting other area churches and
neighbors to do the same. Volunteer teams will be sent out 6 days a week.
There are several things we as the Faith United
Methodist Church need to do. First, pray for the work to proceed
effectively and safely. Second, volunteer in the field under All
Hands direction. Third, donate items as needed to supplement the materials they will be providing for this work (a
donation list is forthcoming.) Fourth, embrace this season as a
Holy Disruption worth experiencing. Sunday School classes, Bible studies, and
other ministries that normally meet in the Annex will be asked to relocate to other locations. Pastor Ross will be
contacting you to help Sunday Schools with ideas and options.
We thank God for Faith UMC and the willingness
this church has to be a blessing to others.