Follow-up to a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey requires an anchor church or ministry that has a passion to provide the framework for receiving, supporting and coordinating teams from outside of the affected area. Crossover Bible Church of Houston and their partners, the Houston Church Planting Network are exactly what is needed to bring aid to churches and families needing assistance. If you are considering engaging in the relief efforts in the Houston area by desiring to send a team here is a link:
The following videos will help you grasp the scope of the work of recovery and the strategy that Crossover Bible Church has initiated.
Invitation to churches from Crossover Bible Fellowship’s Pastor Blake Wilson
Jeff Denlinger’s reaction to Houston devastation and challenge to churches to serve
WorldVenture/Crossover Bible Fellowship “He Is Able” Music Video
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose; Fires in Western US and the Mexico Earthquake
Our hearts break for those who are experiencing such great loss of life and property in the face of multiple catastrophic events in our sphere of influence. The number and scope of the current needs are so great that you and your congregation may feel paralyzed, not knowing what to do.
CBAmerica’s strategy in light of these needs is:
Encouraging individuals and congregations to consider initially giving to those organizations best prepared for early relief efforts. Our early response agency of choice would be Samaritan’s Purse. Other options would include the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist).
To help meet long-term recovery efforts we are encouraging individuals and churches to give to CBAmerica’s ACTS Fund. Along with WorldVenture, we are partnering with Crossover Bible Fellowship of Houston and the Houston Church Planting Network. They are an anchor relief church and organization that are receiving teams from church wanting to help (use this hyperlink to access a team form).
Mission Mid-Atlantic Director, Jim Leary is in contact with CBAmerica Churches in Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Southwest Florida. Pray for Parkway Baptist Church, Pastor Len Anderson, in Fort Meyer, FL as Irma is projected to have a great impact on this area.
We continue to communicate with our CBNorthwest Region in regard to the fires that are devastating the area. Additionally, we will look to Missions Door for disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean and Southern Mexico.