Hurricane Harvey

Thousands of Houston, Texas residents are currently being evacuated from what has become a catastrophic, historic flood. Dr. Greg Postel, meteorologist and hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, said the flooding unfolding in the Houston area “could be the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history.” Gov. Abbott shared on Fox News Sunday, “We’re measuring rain these days not in inches but in feet.”

SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief teams have been placed on ALERT to be ready to deploy to Texas in the days and weeks ahead. We are asking that, as the Lord leads, please pray and give NOW so we will help those families and churches impacted by this storm and flood.

 

As we make plans to deploy, our partners are developing the logistics for a large scale, long-term response. Lodging, meals, work sites, and more must be determined prior to teams making their way to the disaster zone. All this takes time and cannot begin until flood waters recede, which is not forecast until sometime Wednesday. 

 

SO, WHAT CAN BE DONE NOW?

First of all pray.

 Pray for those impacted, the first responders, emergency management, disaster responders and planners. Pray for open hearts to the Gospel. Pray for wisdom in planning and safety while traveling. Finally, pray that God’s will be done and that He be glorified in the midst of this tragedy. 

Give. Thanks to the SBC of Virginia missions offering, Vision Virginia

, your partnership goes toward these disaster relief efforts. However, we know that this response will require more funding to make a difference with resources. You can donate through SBCV either by mailing checks (4956 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060) designated for disaster relief or by giving online. Your church can collect gift cards to be sent to our partner Southern Baptist conventions in Texas where they will be distributed to those in need. Remember, these gift cards allow the survivors to purchase items they need and the dignity of making the purchase themselves. 

For DR workers, prepare to go!  For those who are not trained but desire to go, in the weeks ahead, you can complete an online training (sbcv.org/dr

) and be integrated into a recovery team. 

While there is always a desire to collect “in kind” donations (such as water, clothes or household products), these are not always the best. 

It is expensive to ship items and the required logistics on the ground for sorting, storing, and distributing is a burden on the receiving community. Gift cards as described above are a great option! 

Those who are interested are encouraged to donate online where 100% of the contributions go to SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief efforts.