In the wake of the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, churches around the nation are discerning how to best respond. Paul tells the Romans to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” The impact of Harvey, Irma and Maria is widespread, and it will take years to restore areas to their former state. Many pastors and leaders in the area may feel overwhelmed and crippled during this time of need. This is a time for Christians to mourn over the devastation that has occurred and offer a helping hand. Like many of you, The Subsplash family is deeply concerned about the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters in these devastated areas, and we wanted to compile a short list of things we all can be doing to help.
I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: "Do not close your ears to my cry for relief." You came near when I called you, and you said, "Do not fear."
Never underestimate the power of prayer (see James 5:13-18). Spend time each day praying for those who have been affected. Pray that God would equip local pastors and church leaders to love and serve their community to the best of their ability. Pray that the relief and government workers involved would be able to provide effective solutions to the problems facing the cities in path of destruction. Pray that God would reveal to you how he may be calling you to help. And ultimately, pray that people would be pointed to Jesus, even amidst such troubling times.
The damage incurred from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria is obviously not going to be a cheap fix. Jesus calls his people to give sacrificially, and now is a great time to sacrifice a few extra meals out, new gadget, etc. for the well-being of others. There are many churches in the impacted areas that have set up donation funds with Subsplash Giving, specifically for disaster relief.
Here are a list of a few of our clients impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. You can donate to right now:
Celebration Church, The Woodlands, TX
Church Project, The Woodlands, TX (give inside the app)
Coastal Community Church, Galveston, TX
Cornerstone Baptist, Mesquite, TX (give inside the app)
Crossover Bible Church, Houston, TX
Crosspointe Fellowship Church, Houston, TX
Faithbridge, Spring TX (give inside the app)
Fellowship of Purpose Church, Channelview, TX (give inside the app)
First Baptist Church, Temple, TX (give inside the app)
First United Methodist Church, Midland, TX (give inside the app)
Founders Baptist Church, Spring, TX
Get Wrapped Church, Spring, TX (give inside the app)
Harvest Time Church, Houston, TX (give inside the app)
Kingsland Baptist Church, Katy, TX (give inside the app)
Rebel Church, San Antonio, TX (give inside the app)
Revolution Church, Schertz, TX (give inside the app)
River City Community Church, Selma, TX (give inside the app)
Seven Mile Road Church, Houston, TX (give inside the app)
St John’s Lutheran Church, Cypress, TX (give inside the app)
Sugar Land Family Church, Sugar Land, TX
The Gathering, Midland, TX (Download App to Give)
The Watershed United Methodist Church, League City, TX (give inside the app)
Wake Church, The Woodlands, TX (give inside the app)
Woodforest Church, Magnolia, TX (give inside the app)
Springs of Bonita Church, Bonita Springs, FL (give inside the app)
The Source Church, Bradenton, FL (give inside the app)
Calvary Chapel, Puerto Rico
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If you are in a position to do so, there are many opportunities to physically serve the city of Houston. The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is sending relief teams in to help, and they are predicting that these teams will continue to work for the next 8-12 weeks. You can also volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse. They are asking for thousands of volunteers over the next few months.
If your church or ministry has a relief fund, response team, or any other items in place to help those affected by this disaster, please let us know, we would love to help you get the word out! Let’s love our neighbors in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean well during this time of distress.