A note from Randel Everett:
Our churches need your help!
I have had the privilege to visit many of the sites throughout Texas that have been devastated by Hurricane Ike. Some had not yet recovered yet from Gustav. The need is great.
Many of our churches do not know when they will be able to return to their buildings. Can you imagine the loss of income to a church for weeks and possibly even months? Church members are displaced and many are without personal income. Some of our pastors and staff have already missed paychecks. Churches and institutions have sustained significant damage to buildings and property.
These storm ravaged communities are facing grief, frustrations and uncertainty about the future. How can we help?
— Prayer is our most important contribution and responsibility.
— Make financial contributions. The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 8:14, “at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need…” One of the most immediate needs is assistance for pastors and staff who have loss of income and significant expenses related to evacuation and personal loss.
— Create partnerships. Challenge your church to create a year-long partnership with one of the churches affected. The needs include encouragement, cleanup and repair, and financial assistance.
— Volunteer. Over 700 Texas Baptist Men have already responded feeding thousands and helping in numerous other ways. Dozens of our churches have become sites for evacuees.
Your contributions can be made on line at www.bgct.org/disaster.
For assistance and information about volunteering or creating a partnership for your church call 888.244.9400.
Texas Baptist churches have already been incredible in their responses. Let’s continue to work together in helping our brothers and sisters in need.