As all of us are undoubtedly already aware, one of the biggest cities in our country, Houston and its surrounding areas, have been devastatingly affected by Hurricane Harvey. A great majority of the city is currently under water as homes, streets, and businesses have been horribly flooded. For us in St. Louis, we have more empathy with flooding due to the most recent floods that have devastated our city in recent years. Therefore, I wanted to give a reminder of our roles as Christians in the midst of devastation, and what each of us can do to help.
The Bible is replete with instructions and commands to care for those who are hurting and struggling. Throughout the Bible, we see the importance of caring for others as a form of godliness and service to the Lord. I’m reminded of what Paul says in Galatians 6:2 about helping those in need: “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” It’s necessary in times like this to ask the question, “What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens?” From Scripture, we’re told that it means to do what we can to help those who need it most. This means helping grieve with those who are grieving. This means being selfless with our time, finances, and resources. And particularly, this means doing whatever we are able in the midst of natural disasters.
Right now, brothers and sisters in Christ in Houston are hurting, homeless, stranded, and desperate. As Christians, we are called to bear theirs and anyone else’s burden in order to fulfill the law of Christ. This is not just a good recommendation, but rather a command from the Lord. We need to care for those who are desperate for help.
So, how can we help? There are numerous organizations that are doing wonderful and necessary work, but let me offer two trusted organizations who could use help. The first organization doing relief and Gospel work in Houston is the North American Mission Board’s Disaster Relief effort, SEND Relief. If you would like to give financially through this SBC organization, then simply follow this link. The second disaster relief organization is much closer to home, the Missouri Baptist Relief effort. If you would like to financially support their relief efforts, then simply follow this link. All the proceeds will go directly in helping the relief workers help those affected by the flood. If you desire to personally help in the disaster relief (helping pack supplies or even traveling to Houston), you can find out more local information through the Missouri Baptist Relief link.
Finally, make sure to be in much prayer for those affected by the flood. Pray that the Lord will be gracious and work in mighty ways for the Gospel to be proclaimed in the midst of pain, loss, and devastation. Thank you for all of your help for those in the greatest need, and may God guide you as we care for one another.