Dear Anglican Mission Clergy and Friends of the Mission,
As Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a Tropical Storm, continues to affect Texas and Louisiana, it is estimated that 30,000 people will seek emergency shelter and that the recovery will take years. Here in Dallas, our city and community are already providing shelter and aid those who have been evacuated and making plans to help our brothers and sisters in the months and years to come.
I want to thank all who have reached out to offer their support and to ask how they can help. I encourage you to pray and give as the Lord leads you.
Please pray for all of those affected by the disaster, especially those who are still in harm’s way. Pray for the first responders and the everyday heroes who are rescuing people stranded by floodwaters. Pray for the disaster response teams and organizations who are already on the ground and those who will be there for the long-term. Pray for wisdom for the government agencies and nonprofits as they respond to this disaster. Pray for miracles for people’s safety and health, and for all resources needed. And pray for those of us who will be amongst them, that the light of Christ will shine into these peoples’ lives.
Our friends in disaster relief are telling us that the greatest need right now is financial donations, money. I’d like to encourage you, if possible, to give financial rather than in-kind donations. Amount is not important. The important thing is to give. Remember what Jesus did with a few loaves and a couple of fish. Financial resources help the organizations on the ground acquire the things they need the most and relieves their volunteers from having to organize and coordinate random items. There are many wonderful organizations accepting donations, among them the American Red Cross.
We are encouraging our All Saints Dallas family to volunteer, as they are able, especially as Dallas is one of the cities receiving those who have been displaced. If you live in an area near the damage of the hurricane, I encourage to reach out to local organizations to find out how you might volunteer, whether it is working in a phone bank, a warehouse, or donating blood.
And if you are not able to respond at this moment, know that the people in the devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana will need our support for a long time to come to fully recover their lives and their cities and towns. Your time to help may be in the future. Keep your eyes open for where God is calling you.
As we walk with our brothers and sisters through these hard times, we trust the Lord is with us. Thank you for responding to the Lord as He invites us to join Him in what He is doing.