We’ve quickly learned there are three distinct phases to disaster recovery…
- RESCUE – get people to safety and meet immediate needs
- RECOVER – reconnect victims with loved ones, assess damages, process through FEMA (if applicable), and begin demolition
- REBUILD – help victims put their home and life back together
We have transitioned out of the RESCUE phase to RECOVERY. Later, we move to the long and arduous REBUILDING phase.
Where do we begin? How can we be most effective?
Everywhere there’s a family and a home that needs recovery and rebuilding. We can start anywhere and stay busy for months.
But, for the greater good and greater impact…
I feel strongly to approach this process in an apostolic way focusing on two things:
- Serve as a conduit of resources to other churches and ministries that are doing solid work.
Samaritan’s Purse, Convoy of Hope, and other trusted recovery ministries are connected with us and already on-site. We can function as a bridge – connecting them to other churches.
We have secured warehouses to receive nonperishable items and equipment for the RECOVERY and REBUILD phases. We are a distribution center to churches all over the city and on the Gulf Coast.
- Ensure every pastor who suffered damage is back on his feet and in his home ASAP.
We can have a greater impact in the community by restoring the pastors’ personal lives. Save a pastor – save a church. Save a church – save a community.
Beyond these two CRITICAL things, consider what also is POSSIBLE…
Every church from Corpus Christi to Houston, and from Houston to Beaumont, has been impacted by lost services. For example, Grace Church in Houston has missed 13 services due to Harvey. Services missed are finances missed. If this continues, it will not take long and church doors will close.
Pastor Dino Rizzo shared that after Hurricane Katrina, 40% of the churches in New Orleans never re-opened. This must never happen again.
Imagine if we could vet pastors and churches, then financially support a church for one week’s budget; pay one month’s mortgage, or cover one round of payroll?
We must keep church doors open. If we truly believe the local church is the hope of the world, the church’s pastors need to be on their feet and the church doors must stay open.
This is an audacious, but doable, plan if churches, businesses, and benefactors catch the vision.
This can be done by SHARING THE LOAD and SPREADING THE WORD.
We are asking each pastor and his/her church to commit to a $10,000 Heroes Offering to be completely given within 90 days (approximately December 1). Then, we ask each pastor to reach out to 9 other peers challenging them to be a Hero as well.
We are calling this “Hurricane Harvey Offering / Harvey Heroes Offering – H2O.” Your H2O offering will impact many.
We believe we can rally at least 100 churches to participate – that’s $1,000,000!
Finally, we ask each church to help collect and ship supplies that are necessary for the Recovery and Rebuilding phase. You can see the materials need list shown below.
Our Commitment To You….
First, we commit that 100% of what is given will go to Harvey relief efforts among pastors, churches, and citizens who have been affected.
Secondly, we commit to provide personalized videos of appreciation, with scenes of your dollars at work, which can be played in celebration of your church’s contribution.
Finally, we are listing every H2O Hero on our website as a pastor and church who stepped up and made a difference.
Complete the Heroic Commitment (click here) and join the participating churches who have made a covenant to aid in the relief of pastors and their churches affected by Hurricane Harvey.
- Covenant Church
- House of Destiny
Complete the Heroic Commitment and join the participating churches who have made a covenant to aid in the relief of pastors and their churches affected by Hurricane Harvey.