By now you have surely seen and heard about the devastation in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey over the last several days. As the rain continues to fall, the enormous amount of relief needed cannot yet be calculated.
Bishop Breidenthal notes: “Money and long-term support for southeastern Texas is urgently needed, obviously. So also is prayer, which brings spiritual communion and builds the strength and hope which are so much needed at this time. It is good that, even at a distance, we can instantly know what is happening with Harvey. But I urge myself and all of us to find some quiet time throughout these early days to imagine ourselves in Houston and let the Holy Spirit pray within us. Doing this will help us all discern how we can best minister to those in need over time.”
If you are moved to help our neighbors in need, here are some resources that will point you in the right direction. Working through a respected organization such as Episcopal Relief and Development will ensure that your assistance gets directly to those who need it most. Episcopal Relief & Development already has actions in place for assistance.
What Can I Do to Help? a message from Episcopal Relief and Development President Rob Radtke
To donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event, check http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response.
Sign-up on the Ready to Serve database to register as a possible volunteer in the future. Episcopal Relief & Development staff shares these lists with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers. https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/volunteer/ready-to-serve
A bulletin insert from Episcopal Relief and Development for use this Sunday is available at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/worship-resources/bulletin-inserts
The latest Episcopal Relief & Development program updates are available on Facebook and Twitter @EpiscopalRelief and here: http://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2017-press-releases/gulf-coast-episcopal-dioceses-prepare-to-respond-to-hurricane-harvey
A report from the Diocese of West Texas Commission on Disaster Response can be seen here: http://www.dwtx.org/departments/committees/disaster-response/
A statement from the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, bishop of the Diocese of Texas, can be seen here: