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Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

posted Aug 30, 2017, 9:18 AM by Temple Baptist Church

 

 

Thank you for your many prayers and your desire to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. I am in contact with my Disaster Response peers in Texas and other states preparing for the relief effort.

 

The most recent update I have is:

  • This disaster is already larger and has affected more homes than Hurricane Katrina.
  • The only group currently being allowed in is the military with high-clearance vehicles.
  • Evacuations have started in Lousiana

Let me share three things with you in this email that will hopefully help you in your response efforts: 1.) Our plans as credentialed Disaster Relief volunteers; 2.) Tangible opportunities for your church; and 3.) Our limitations as a Disaster Response ministry.

 

1.) I fully anticipate sending multiple teams to Texas, but not until I have a request to go, know where I’m headed, and the waters begin to recede. Our primary foci for this type of disaster includes mass feedings, childcare, chaplaincy, and mud-out. However, we cannot effectively perform any of those ministries until waters recede.

 

2.) What can you do? 

a.) I trust you are already praying, which is the greatest thing any of us can offer. 

 

b.) You can donate to DR efforts by clicking on the link below.  All proceeds will be used to help disaster victims. 

 

c.) We are in need for credentialed volunteers! You can attend our upcoming DR Orientation on September 16 at New Providence Baptist in Forsyth. Information and registration can be found at www.gbcdisasterrelief.org.

 

d.) You can assemble and collect Buckets of Care.  Information is located atwww.gbcdisasterrelief.org, or click bucket ingredients and mud out instructions for PDF files.

 

e.) I would discourage you from collecting supplies unless you know that what you are collecting is needed, have the means to transport them, and know for certain you have someone there ready to receive and distribute them.

 

3.) As wonderful as the ministry of Disaster Relief is, we are limited. We are not first responders. We do not have the capacity to help with warehousing and transport of donations. Because of our agreements with other state conventions and relief organizations, we do not self-deploy. Our purpose is to serve those who are affected, which normally requires patience on our part.

 

I promise to do my best to maintain clear communication through multiple outlets: email, Facebook, and website. Please know that I am also dependent upon receiving information from my counterparts in those states that are affected by Harvey, and they are just a little busy!!  

 

Thank you!

 

Stuart Lang

State Missionary

 

 

 

 

Donate! 100% of the proceeds go toward Disaster Relief’s efforts to aid victims

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       

Gifts of Georgia Baptists through Mission Georgia and the Cooperative Program enable us to partner together in fulfilling the Great Commission.
 

 

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