Although Hurricane Irma has grasped the nation’s attention, relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas are still underway.
We stopped by a church in Brazil this evening to find many surrounding churches banding together over the next couple of months to extend a helping hand.
“I think it’s time we stop dividing and start uniting…… I think we all feel like, all the area ministers like we’re starting to get it,” Tom Hess, Pastor of Berea Christian Church said.
“We’re actually trying to make a shift in how we see what we can do to help and step up to the plate,” Brook Reinoehl minister of McKinley Hill said.
“We’re collecting items for flood buckets and those will be moving supplies down to Houston to help with the cleaning up the mucking out of houses,” Hess said.
“Seeing the media flooded with these images breaks our heart and I think especially as Christians we want to help fix this brokenness and restore people,” Prudence Bickhaus Martin, Berea worship minister said.
“It sends our hand of support, our encouragement down to the people who are in the disaster,” Reinoehl said.
“We wanted to come together as a body and be focused on making a difference in the lives of people… Even beyond the walls of our city to help out in Houston and make a difference.”
“There’s so much to be learned about each other and so many ways we can grow closer together if we just get in the trenches together, this is a great start, but it can’t be the end or it has no value,” Hess said.
“Very excited, very hopeful, very energized and just delighted to have this kind of thing happening,” Reinoehl said.
Today items collected at the church were five gallon buckets with lids, mops, bleach, paper towels and other cleaning supplies.