Hurricane Harvey Response “MORE UPDATES”

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UPDATE

We have collected just over $6,000 for the response in Texas. We will be sending that money to assist three of our churches there after conferring with the Texas FWB State Leadership.

Authentic Church in Victoria
1807 San Jacinto St.
Victoria, TX 77901

Eastside Church in Houston
5132 Pepper Mill Ave.
Baytown, TX 77521

Iglesia Bautista Libre de Houston
10331 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77038

UPDATE

Kyle Howell, pastor in Victoria, Tx, I’m trying to help connect people who are helping with those in need. We have a lot of people who need help clearing down trees. These are huge trees, so major chain saws are also needed. If you have volunteers who can come, we have plenty to do. We do not have electricity right now, but once we do, anyone can bring cots to camp in the church, and can shower at our house. Food is also somewhat scarce right now, so if anyone comes soon, they will need to bring plenty food, water and gas.

Authentic church. 361-491-1892

See the update below from Marcus Brewer, State Office Coordinator for the Texas State Association of Free Will Baptists:

Many of you have asked about how our churches are doing in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which is actually still having an effect in southeast Texas.  We have three churches that are facing particularly difficult times; here is the latest information that I have, as of this morning.

Authentic Church in Victoria was in the path of the initial landfall.  Through their Facebook page they said:

“For those asking how you can help, we will need volunteers for a long time. Message us to coordinate that once the flooding recedes. If you’ve been asking to donate, you can do so online at http://www.authenticvictoria.com/…/180…/180101915/CONTACT-US. All donations will be used for the church, church members, and community disaster relief expenses.”

Eagle Heights Church in Richmond is in the middle of a flood-inundated area that other resources can’t easily reach, and (despite the personal needs of many of their members) they have opened the church facilities as a shelter and resource center. They said this morning on their Facebook page:

“Here’s an update on our most-needed items:

-Cots and air mattresses

-Bowls and spoons for the food we’re serving

-Toiletries (specifically toothbrushes, hand soap, and spray deodorant)

-Coffee and creamer (we have coffee makers)

-Dish detergent for the dishwasher

-Clorox/cleaning wipes

-Board games, card games, and dominoes!

Most needed foods:

-Bread

-Cooked food, ready to be served

-Bananas

-Tomatoes

-Lunch meat

-Lettuce

We do NOT need nonperishables or clothes–we had plenty of those donated already.

To our Friends and Family in other parts of the world asking how you can help: You can text a donation amount to 281-201-5786 designated to Harvey. (Example: $100 Harvey) We will be buying as much food and bedding as we can to support the needs here then we will donate the remaining designated donations to other organizations extending resources beyond our reach. And, we could use your prayers. We definitely could use that most of all. Thank you all so much for your love and concern.

Update and FYI for those with concerns: All donations designated ‘Harvey’ are going directly to the church (not some outside ‘manager’), will be used 100% for Harvey relief, and are tax deductible.

Thank you in advance for being the hands of God for a community in need!”

Eastside Church in Houston has not provided many updates as yet, because they are unable to access their church property in the northeast part of the metro area, and heavy rain is expected to continue for a while longer.  They will likely have some substantial needs once they are able to assess conditions, but that may not be for some time.

Woodforest Church in Montgomery has had some of their church families affected, and are coordinating some relief efforts in their area. Pastor Heath Ferguson has posted live videos on his Facebook page with information on how the churches is meeting the needs of the people as well as instructions on how you can donate to the relief efforts through their website or mobile app.

Coordination of volunteer efforts and donations can also be processed through FWB ministries at Master’s Men Disaster Relief or the Hanna Project Emergency Relief Fund.

Thanks to all for your prayers, phone calls, e-mails, and general concern for our well-being.  Feel free to share this information with others who would like to help in the relief effort.  We’ll try to keep you updated as we receive more news.

Marcus Brewer

Moderator/State Office Coordinator

Texas State Association of Free Will Baptists

P.O. Box 2716

Bryan, TX  77805-2716

(979) 774-3125

stateoffice@texasfwb.org

www.texasfwb.org

From Ken Akers, Disaster Relief Director:

I have been in contact with some FWB pastors in Texas and am waiting to see what we need to do. I have been in contact with THP and our DRT crew. At this point we are raising funds to send and help. Once things calm down to where we can assess the situation with advice from the TX leaders we will make a plan. Please keep in mind, Red Cross, FEMA, and insurance companies will have priorities. Please pray, but if you can, also give.

Master’s Men Harvey Response

PO Box 5002

Antioch, TN 37011

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