Our vision is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ by focusing on assistance with true needs. We agree that this project requires a commitment of at minimum one year with urgency for an immediate response element. By working in cooperation with the Diocese and other congregations and incorporating the personal involvement of the entire congregation, we will build and develop relationships with victims to extend the hospitality of Christ to those affected. Additionally we will strengthen the Body of Christ by building and developing relationships across the congregations within the Diocese as we also build and strengthen relationships within our own congregation community.
To meet these objectives, we will:
- Commit to 52 weeks of need item collection during Sunday worship. Per need provided by either the Diocese or other partnering organization, we will request that congregation members bring a designated single item such as a bar of soap, insect repellent, etc. with a minimal expense. These items will each be labeled with a scripture message of love and encouragement and branded with the Light of Christ logo.
- As a congregation we adopt a family in need, meeting all needs of the family. We will look to be matched with a family that has been evacuated to the local area with priority given to someone within the Anglican communion.
- Up to four mission type trips to the Texas coastal region for congregants wishing to assist in rebuilding efforts. The first of these should occur within the next 90 days and we look to return if needed to the same area once a quarter until need subsides.
- The last component to minister to the military members and their families in Fort Hood who have been deployed to assist recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. Fort Hood has been designated by the President to helm the entire military efforts for Texas coastal recovery.
Chip Howell, Harvey Ministry Coordinator