The last several weeks many of us have seen the news of the floods in and around Houston, Texas, damaging over 1500 homes. Week of Compassion has been monitoring and working with our local congregations to provide support. We continue to be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers as many slowly begin to clean up and plan for repairs.
"I've learned, you've just got to let people do things for you. You need it, and they need to do it." So says Kelly Finkenbinder, a member of Bethany Christian Church in Houston whose house flooded. From youth group kids who helped muck out the house, to the member who brought over hot water and cleaned a dishwasher load worth of dirty dishes, to the people who have offered encouragement and guest rooms, the church was there to help and to accompany her.
You, too, are there through your gifts to Week of Compassion. Households from four Houston area congregations received solidarity grants, as did two churches that had damage to their buildings. Your gifts are an expression of care to those who are in the midst of struggle. One pastor remarked: "Immediately after the flood Week of Compassion was on the phone. We received the checks yesterday and the families are grateful. Thank you." Your gifts tell the people who receive them that they are not alone. They are also a way for you to do something, to turn your compassion into action.
Thank you for being there for our Houston neighbors. Thank you for your partnership, support, and gifts to Week of Compassion.
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