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Church Members Receive Aid After Harvey Hits
8/31/2017: 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. To donate, use eTithing and specify Texas Flood Relief. 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.
Nepal Update; Hurricane Harvey Announcement
8/29/2017: Thank you for your generous response to the flood relief efforts in Nepal. The initial $15,000 goal has been exceeded. We will continue to monitor the needs in Nepal and aid will be provided as necessary.
Hurricane Harvey, which hit the United States over the weekend, continues to cause devastating conditions. The church is committed to providing relief for members in Houston and surrounding areas. An initial goal of $25,000 has been identified and will be reassessed as specific needs are made known.
Coastal Bend USA Mission Center President Cheryl Saur said at least five Community of Christ families are affected. The Pasadena congregation likely will be hardest hit, Saur said. Most members’ homes have taken on water, but everyone is safe in shelters. One family from the Bay Area congregation was evacuated. Efforts to contact members continue.
If you wish to support the relief efforts in Texas and surrounding areas, you can give now through eTithing.
To contribute by check, write Texas Flood Relief on the right side of your tithing envelope.
Checks also can be made to the Presiding Bishopric with “Harvey flood relief” on the memo line and mailed directly to Community of Christ International Headquarters, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO 64050-3562.
The first $25,000 received will go to Texas Flood Relief efforts. Additional funds received will either be used for these relief efforts as needed or will go to Worldwide Mission Tithes. For more information, email HarveyRelief@CofChrist.org.
Please continue to uphold the people in the path of Hurricane Harvey in your prayers.