Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

By Vintage  -  On 11 Sep, 2017 -  0 comments

As Vintage Church, we take seriously our role to be a local church in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas. We also see our part as the global church, and desire to care for the women and men made in God’s image beyond our location. Our hearts cry out for those in Houston who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the Category 4 storm that hit Texas on Friday, August 25. Many have lost lives, resources, treasures, and hope. As God’s people we want to respond with the love he has shown us by praying, giving, and using our resources.

Here are ways we will respond:

1. PRAY
Pray for those who have nowhere to go after losing their homes. Ask the Lord to provide for their needs, their safety, and their health during this time of chaos and recovery.

Pray for the first responders who have worked several weeks without rest in order to rescue those who are injured, stranded, and lost. Ask the Lord to provide rest, safety, and endurance for these women and men.

Pray for those who have lost loved ones. God brings comfort (Psalm 23:4) and ask him to be felt and known by all those who are suffering.

Pray for the local churches. As followers of Christ work to be the hands and feet who build God’s kingdom, the challenges in Houston are immense. Pray they would be strengthened and encouraged to do God’s work in his way.

2. GIVE
Rather than become a relief organization, we want to point you, Vintage Church, to those who are on the front lines. Here are ways you can support those working to bring relief to Houston:

Give to Samaritan’s Purse who is working nonstop to help those in need.

In addition, Vintage Church is part of the Acts 29 Network, a group of church-planting churches. To give to the Acts 29 churches in Houston who are working towards the recovery effort, got to clearcreek.org/harveyrelief or text keyword HARVEYRELIEF to 51555 and follow prompts to give via credit card.

3. SERVE
Volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse, who is looking for help.

Houston Church Planting Network (containing many Acts 29 churches) is compiling a list of churches from outside of Houston that may be interested in bringing in a team to serve, donating supplies, etc., as the waters recede. If you are interested you can visit hcpn.org/harveyhelp to give them your information. From the Acts 29 Network: “The recovery effort will be going on for months, so please be patient as they get coordinated for long-term efforts. This will be a marathon and not a sprint. Rescue & Relief are happening now but recovery will go on for months and they envision needing outside support if people are interested.”

As we post this, Hurricane Irma is tearing through parts of the United States. Please pray, and check back later this week for updates on how we can help.