Bishop Mike McKee sent out a letter as the Gulf Coast braced for Hurricane Harvey this past weekend. He wrote to say that our conference is mobilizing to begin helping our neighbors to the South and asked us to pray for the health and safety for all in the path of Harvey and begin to see how our congregation will support any relief and recovery efforts.
As Harvey’s destruction can be seen now, many ask how they can help. Our conference is working to help our brothers and sisters. If you wish to donate to our conference’s efforts, please donate to our Conference’s relief fund here: https://www.northtexasumc.org/donate/. As information about needs from the areas affected comes in, those updates can be found on our North Texas Conference website – northtexasumc.org – for more details.
Our Conference’s Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Janet Bell Odom, is working to help our efforts be as effective as possible in helping those in need. And our outreach committee is finding the best way that our congregation can help as well.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) gives us all five things that we can do:
- Continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted, the Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey.
- Make relief kits, send complete kits to UMCOR:
- Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts:
- Donate only those items requested
- Please wait for an invitation to volunteer
Let’s continue to pray together as a community for the people who are being affected by Harvey.
For those who have lost their lives and their families,
those who have experienced damage to their homes and businesses,
those first responders who place their own lives in harm’s way,
and those who will begin the work of relief and recovery,
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayers.