Dear Arapaho Road Baptist Church Family and Friends,
Our hearts break as we continue to pray for our family, friends and neighbors to the south who continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey. While there will be ongoing efforts and helpful response for many months to come, the following are trusted agencies and partnerships where both longer term, as well as immediate help, can take place. Please stay tuned for more information.
Texas Baptist Men (Type of aid: Financial Donation):
This group specializes in disaster relief with a long and trusted track record of gospel centered service. Find out more at www.texasbaptistmen.org and look for the “GIVE” button.
Dallas Theological Seminary (Type of aid: Financial donation): DTS is one of our local seminaries that our church partners with and has strategic efforts and trusted partnerships for appropriate relief and involvement. Find out more at www.dts.edu/harvey and look for the “Donate to Support Students” button.
Heart for the Fatherless (Type of aid: Donate hygiene products & gift cards):
Arapaho Road’s Foster and Adoption resource ministry is helping to provide hygiene products and gift cards for teenage foster children being relocated to the Dallas area. Find out more at www.arapahoroad.org/heart
Prayer: Each person can engage in praying for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pray for the Lord to have mercy on those in need. Pray for leaders to make wise decisions about how best to respond. Pray for the Lord to work in the midst of this very difficult circumstance that has so many displaced and trying to cope with loss. Pray for provision and for those relocating to other cities and towns. Pray for patience and health as exhaustion sets in and the long process of working through unending next steps for recovery is underway. Pray that even in the midst of this great difficulty that the Lord would draw people unto Himself as they have opportunities to put their faith, hope and trust in Jesus.
We as a church family will continue to pray as we gather together to worship on Sundaymorning at 10:45 am. I encourage all of our Life Groups and Growth Groups to invest time praying for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. As we gather for corporate prayer on the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will plan to invest our time on Wednesday, September 13 focusing our prayers on the ongoing response and recovery of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Movement Day (Type of aid: Serve refugees locally, or Financial donation):
Additionally, I received the correspondence below from Movement Day, an organization our church has been connected with in recent years to understand needs in the greater Dallas area. See the information below on how immediate help and volunteer opportunities are being organized through the Salvation Army that are open to all who are willing and able to assist.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
MOVEMENT DAY is partnering with THE SALVATION ARMY to help with the Relief Efforts needed for those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said today that the city is preparing to host “thousands upon thousands upon thousands” of evacuees from the Gulf Coast.
AT A GLANCE | Dallas Convention Center shelter
— 5,000 cots will be set up with one feet of space between them on the sides and three feet between the heads of the cots.
— A 100,000 square-foot exhibit space upstairs will be used to entertain kids, feed the evacuees and provide private medical facilities for those in need. The city will also have library resources available to them.
The Salvation Army needs your support in helping feed the evacuees Lunch and Dinner each day. They have an URGENT NEED for volunteers for tomorrow/Wednesday, August 30th. To sign-up, please click on the link below.
The Salvation Army also needs your financial support. To donate for the Relief Effort please click on the link below.
Donate for the Relief Effort The Salvation Army Mission
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
May God’s children reach out and help those most in need!!!