My heart breaks for people in the Houston area. Seeing people suffer is painful. And if that’s not enough, it’s sad to see houses, office buildings, hotels, businesses, and interstates under water. Authorities say that recovery efforts will take months and even years to complete.
I’ve heard stories of residents in New Orleans calling people in Houston to pray and comfort them. Victims of Hurricane Katrina can empathize with victims of Hurricane Harvey. As Paul stated, “As God comforts us in all our troubles, we’re to comfort other people” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
How can you and I help people in the Houston area?
1. Be Aware. As a Southern Baptist church, we give to the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. Every financial gift you and I put in the offering plate helps support the relief efforts of the North American Mission Board. Our tithes and offerings from Sunday will help people in the Houston area. Our giving does make a difference!
2. Be Prayerful. Praying for other people is an effective ministry! You and I can pray for residents in the Houston area, for emergency service personnel, and for the thousands of volunteers headed to Texas, to serve. One of the finest ministries of our beloved convention is Disaster Relief/Send Relief. These men and women have been trained to be the hands and feet of Jesus. And yes, this army of servants is known as the “yellow shirt people.” Let’s pray for volunteers to meet needs, for the gospel to be shared, and for souls to be saved. May God bring good from this natural disaster (Romans 8:28)!
3. Be Generous. Natural disasters bring the need for money. Caution is always necessary when giving money to agencies and organizations. Is the agency trustworthy? Will the organization use the money to help people? The North American Mission Board is receiving donations for relief efforts in the Houston area. As promised by Dr. Kevin Ezell, president of NAMB, every dollar goes to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. I’ve included the link to give through the North American Mission Board. You can be confident that all financial contributions will be used to help people and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s making a temporal and an eternal difference!
I love the generosity, love, and sacrifice of our Southern Baptist family. We have godly leaders and dedicated servants. I’m confident that residents in the Houston area will see Jesus as men and women in yellow shirts serve them with love, compassion, and kindness.
Bearing People’s Burdens,