RESPONSE TO HURRICANE HARVEY
AUGUST 29, 2017
One of the best things about being a United Methodist is that we are already present in recovery efforts in Houston. Through the giving of apportionment dollars, the framework that provides for emergency relief is already in place. When we make contributions to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), 100% of every dollar goes to direct disaster relief -- unlike some other institutions where the first portion of a dollar goes to provide the institutional framework for work to be done.
The Central Texas Conference, and thus, St. Barnabas UMC, are not in active disaster mode at this moment. The situation in Houston is being carefully monitored. As soon as it is safe to begin ERT deployment to Houston and the surrounding area, our Conference is poised to go.
In the meantime, what can we do? First, pray, and do not underestimate the value of prayer. Second, exercise patience. This will be a long recovery process. Third, we can make cleaning buckets and health kits to send to Houston along with our prayers. We talked about this option in staff yesterday morning and with Kay Dillard, our Disaster Response and American Red Cross liaison. Please watch our e-publications for more information coming soon.
If you are interested in becoming trained as part of an Emergency Response Team, ERT, there are multiple trainings offered in the near future. For this and other up-to-date information about Hurricane Harvey relief, go to www.ctcumc.org.
In addition, if it is your desire to write a check for the relief efforts, please do so through the United Methodist Church. Simply make your check out to St. Barnabas and write “Hurricane Harvey” in the memo line. Our checks will be collected, and a single check will be sent to the Central Texas Conference, and from there, to the General UMC.
Thanks to each of you for your immediate prayers, warm hearts and extended hands of mission and ministry.
Rev. Ginger Bassford