As you have all seen on the news, Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas hard and it continues to rain, increasing the flooding. The information the Diocese has received from Texas is that the two things that are most needed are financial donations and prayer.
We have been asked not to collect items at this point. The needs are rapidly changing, transportation resources are limited and there is no place to store unneeded donated goods.
If you wish to donate to immediate relief needs the Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast is on the ground, you can donate here – http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast
If you wish to donate to rebuilding efforts (which will take months or years), Episcopal Relief and Development will be a partner in those efforts, you can donate here – http://www.episcopalrelief.org/
Loving Lord, we come to you trusting in your mercy and knowing that your steadfast love endures forever. Look with mercy on those who have been harmed or displaced by this disaster. Grant them your strength to meet the days ahead. Allow those who are affected to experience your peace which passes all understanding and new hope in the resurrection. Move in those who are able to give aid, that we may be your hands and heart on the earth. Be with all who offer your assistance; may your Spirit uphold them. To you face the challenges ahead. Give us the assurance of your presence even in this time so that we can cling to your promise of hope and life shown us through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Amen.
From the Lutheran Disaster Response – Upstate New York