In the center of the lot stands a church building, bustling with activity and steeping in the scent of barbecue grills. A gas-powered generator roars near the front entrance, powering flood lights inside. Though the church appears relatively unharmed, if you look in any direction, the hard reality of the community becomes obvious. Destruction from the December 26 tornado surrounds First Christian Church of Rowlett, TX.
This was just the second EF4 (200mph) tornado in the Dallas area since the 1950s.
The church is already distributing emergency supplies, providing a gathering space, and partnering with Operation Barbecue Relief to provide hot meals to affected families, first responders, and work crews providing relief. Week of Compassion is working with the North Texas Area to provide relief to affected families and support the ongoing work of recovery.
We remember during this Christmas season that a baby, small and apparently insignificant, was the hope of the nations and a light to the world. In the face of destruction, our efforts may seem small, but through acts of generosity and compassion--a hot cup of coffee, a plate of barbecue, a warm blanket, a word of comfort--the hope and light of Christ are born again in the world.
Your partnership enables us to show compassion on behalf of the church. Thank you fr your generosity throughout the year.