It was only a few years ago that torrential rains flooded our streets in Columbia. We can tell names of friends, family, and neighbors who lost homes and faced true danger. We lived the #scflood, and we realize how much more devastating and widespread the floods in South Texas have been. Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey smothered South Texas. It has been so bad that the National Weather Service tweeted, “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced.”
Because of the grace God has given to us, Shandon Baptist Church will respond to this need in the love of God, just like we did here in Columbia a few years ago. There are 3 ways you can show the love of God with us:
- Pray. Psalm 46 reminds us to “Be still and know that I am God.” Please pray for God to make his strength and love known in South Texas in the aftermath of this storm. Pray for those who are displaced, lost, and hurt. Pray for His church, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to be witnesses of His grace. Pray for a stronger Houston, stronger because of the loving arms of God. Pray every day, and ask God how He would use you.
- Give. Our church set up a “Disaster Relief” fund during our own flood. If you give to this fund, we will forward 100% of your donation Samaritan’s Purse and Send Relief, the disaster relief arm of the North American Mission Board. You can give here and choose the “Disaster Relief” option. You can also give by check or cash this Sunday by writing “Disaster Relief” on your offering envelope.
- Go. We are gathering names and contact information of those who want to go help. Although we do not have dates and costs currently set, we are building an army of men and women who will be the hands and feet of Jesus in this time of need. We know how to do mudouts. We know how to dry photos. We know how to bring light to darkness. You can show interest in upcoming trips to South Texas by filling out the form below.
Please consider how God is calling you to respond. Pray Shandon will be faithful in the way we respond. We love South Texas, and we want to show it by praying, giving, and going.