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Church Members Receive Aid After Harvey Hits
As floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey begin to recede in and around Houston, Texas, ministry is being provided by the World Church and local congregations to displaced members.
One family received enough food and personal items to last several days after theirs were destroyed. Another family that has taken in individuals seeking shelter will likely receive food as well, according to emails from Tresha Hattar, who is checking on Houston-area church members in the storm’s aftermath.
In the Beaumont area, many church members affected by the storm are staying with family. At least one couple was forced to evacuate after their home flooded, according to Cheryl Saur at the Costal Bend Mission Center. Beaumont congregation members checked their building and it had not taken on water, for which they are grateful.
Moana S. Faana, field support minister for the South Central USA Mission Field, is directing Community of Christ aid in the area.
The church has committed an initial $25,000 from the Worldwide Mission Tithes budget for immediate Texas Flood Relief aid. We are hoping to receive an additional $25,000 from contributions, to be used as needs are identified. This is an initial estimate and may change in coming days.
Contributions received in excess of $25,000 will either be used for Texas Flood Relief efforts or will go to Worldwide Mission Tithes where aid will be drawn for any future disaster relief efforts. For more information, email HarveyRelief@CofChrist.org.
In addition to eTithing, donors may send checks made to the Presiding Bishopric with “Harvey flood relief” on the memo line of the check. Mail checks to Community of Christ International Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050-3562.