As of today, you have raised $16,488!
THIS FRIDAY is our first outreach in Houston since the arrival of Harvey. We are anticipating our list of immediate needs to rise tremendously. We did an interview with a local pastor yesterday and set a funding goal of $25,000. I hope you'll consider joining us in this effort. Just hit the big red donate now button above. Or you can send a check to PO Box 523 Waco, TX 76701. Just put "Harvey" in the memo line.
Please help us collecting these items and drop off at 1500 Columbus in Waco by TOMORROW AT 5P. We are collecting:
- Flathead Shovels
- Rolling Trash cans
- Household Cleaning Supplies
We are home from Houston. Tired. Emotionally taxed. But hopeful. The people...the response to such a catastrophe is beyond belief. I heard it said yesterday "Texans First...Americans Second". I saw that in effect.
Over 80% of homeowners affected by Harvey don't have insurance. Can you imagine losing EVERYTHING? Photos. Antiques. Heirlooms. All gone and thrown out on the lawn with the rotting food and sludge. Yesterday I started calling it "Hurricane Broth" because that's what we worked in over the weekend. You cannot fathom the smells unless you've been there.
What exactly are we doing? Assisting industry women from north Houston to Dickinson. We've partnered with Redeemed Ministries in helping them clean up their safe home for human trafficking victims. And we're working the fine folks at Heritage Park Baptist Church in Friendswood who have one of the most comprehensive Relief systems set up. It's impressive to say the least.
This week we need to raise money. We need you to kick in whatever you can. $5. $5000. It all matters. If you want to send checks or gift cards, put "Harvey" in the memo line and send to JSL PO Box 523 Waco, TX 76703. You can see who your dollars are helping here. It is updated daily.
We also need people to go and help. 24hrs. 48hrs. Just say "yes" and we'll get you connected. Some say it will take over a month to get homes evacuated and demoed out so rebuilding can being. After seeing it, I believe it.
Help us help Houston. Together we can awaken hope in a city. Our city. My city.
With Hopeful Gratitude,
Day one on the ground in Houston. To see the images on the news is one thing. In person...completely different. So many areas are completely devastated. Many roads are still closed due to high water. But the resiliency of the people is special. Today, Emily and Jersey worked with our Houston team and volunteers helping clean a safe home operated by Redeemed Ministries. Jersey says " today was surprising blessings. surprised by the number of volunteers and the abundance of supplies to get the job done. And the floors weren't damaged as we originally thought." Emily says "I think that I was pretty moved by how this disaster gave a chance to introduce people to the need of women who have been exploited. there were so many volunteers, including children, who had no idea what Redeemed was or JSL for that matter, but they showed up because someone asked them to. I was amazed at how God chooses to share the story of redemption."
Tomorrow we will work with one of our partner churches, Heritage Park Baptist Church in Friendswood...one of the hardest hit areas of the storm. If you are in the Friendswood area, Heritage Park BC has one impressive relief centers set up. Go by and pick up supplies. They have a ton!
Volunteers to pack up Friday 12:30pm
Meet at Redeemed Ministries main office (houston, champions area)
Vols Bring: Boxes, duct tape, sharpies, bubble wrap, newspaper
NEED: new FLOORS!!! financial assistance for Tile flooring AND someone to install the floors!