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Harvey Updates and Stories of the Church in Action

You have seen the images in the news! Hurricane Harvey has already displaced tens of thousands in south Texas and Louisiana, and the rains and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week. Meteorologists are measuring the rain in feet, not inches, and this is causing catastrophic damage to the region. 

How can you help? ARDF is partnering with Bishop Clark Lowenfield of the Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast. Based in Houston, Bishop Clark will be coordinating the relief effort among churches in the region. Currently, everyone is just hunkering down. But once the weather has passed, they will make an assessment of the ACNA communities in the flooded areas and begin to distribute the aid we are receiving now. There will also be volunteer opportunities to go and serve. We will promote these opportunities as they become available.

Bishop Lowenfield, who was forced to evacuate his home over the weekend, says,

“Thank you to all those who have been offering their prayers and expressing their concern to us. The impact of Harvey is already evident, and we are being told to expect days more of rain and ‘catastrophic flooding’. In the Houston area in particular, the devastation will take months if not years of recovery. Your gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund will mean that individuals in some of the most hard-hit areas will be able to put their lives back together once this is all over. Above all, I implore you to pray with us in this storm. As Psalm 29:10-11 tells us, ‘The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!’”

Archbishop Foley Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare.

“Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please join me in praying for the people of southeast Texas. Please pray for all those in distress, those who are being called to extraordinary acts of courage, and those who are obediently engaging in small acts of faithfulness.

Second, please consider giving so that Christians in the area will have the resources they need to show their communities the love of Christ in tangible ways.  We cannot anticipate today all that will need to be done in the days ahead, but we are blessed to have churches in the region who can be the hands and feet of Christ.

Third, whether you are in Texas, Louisiana, or in the states surrounding the region, please be preparing to serve.  As the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast prioritizes the needs, you will be hearing more about how you and your congregation can serve through volunteer work teams.”

You can help by donating online here. You can also mail a check to ARDF, P.O. Box 645354, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5354. In the memo line, please write “Hurricane Harvey.” Canadians may donate through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund – Canada.

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