Christian Aid and Relief Hurricane Harvey update
Thank you for your prayers, your gifts, and your offers to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please continue to keep these people in your prayers and ask the Lord to bless all relief efforts. In this time of crisis, we pray that God’s people will find strength and comfort in our God of free and faithful love and his gracious promises.
WELS Christian Aid and Relief always seeks to personalize our relief efforts. We are working through our congregations and leaders in the affected areas of Texas. District President Don Patterson is in communication with his pastors as they assess the damage in their neighborhoods and consider ways to respond. Meetings will be held on Tues., Sept. 5, in Victoria and Edna and Wed., Sept. 6, in Houston with area pastors, lay leaders, and a representative from WELS Christian Aid and Relief to determine further ways to help.
We are generally not first responders, but initial funds ($25,000) have been sent to District President Patterson and his representatives to address immediate needs. We have also sent several relief trailers to our staging point at Holy Word, Austin, Tex., which include generators and other relief supplies and equipment.
We are not presently seeking donations of items to ship to Texas. They will purchase the supplies they need down there. If you wish to support this relief effort, the best way is to direct financial gifts to WELS Christian Aid and Relief, and designate the Hurricane Fund. To promote good communication, and at the request of our congregations in Texas, please direct questions about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief to Christian Aid and Relief rather than contacting those local congregations in Texas. You may contact Pastor Robert Hein at 262-334-7881 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Rich Warnecke at 262-424-8792 or email@example.com.
We are not presently sending volunteers to Texas. The neighboring congregations have not yet asked for volunteers, nor are they ready to host them. Right now, neighboring congregations in Texas are sending their own members into the affected areas to offer relief. We are assisting their local efforts. Thirty-five volunteers from Austin are headed to Edna and Victoria to start four days of relief work. Keep them in your prayers.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with relief efforts, you are invited to fill out the online volunteer relief form. As plans develop, and volunteers are requested, we will contact you.
Checks should be earmarked for WELS Christian Aid and Relief Hurricane Harvey and sent to:
WELS CENTER FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY
N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188