Houston Flood Relief Trip
We are organizing several trips over the coming weekends to help "Mud Out" homes in the Houston area. We have established a partnership with Champion Forest Baptist Church. We will send groups over three weekends from Thursday to Sunday. They will work all day mudding out homes Friday and Saturday of that weekend. The three weekends are Sept 14-17, Sept 28 - Oct 1, and Oct 5-8. We are still looking for a leader for each trip. Groups will stay in the Champion Forest Gym and will need to bring their own bedding and tools. Online there is a list of tools we need to bring for each group to use. Please keep in mind the trip will be limited to people age 18 years and older and will require long hours of hard labor cleaning out homes impacted from the flooding.
You can register for the trip here:
Reciprocating Saws (battery powered)
Demolition hammer (mini sledge hammer)
Shovels – wide mouth for scooping debris
Push brooms and floor squeegees
Loppers and saws for downed trees/limbs
Bleach – Sprayer to spray bleach in homes
A message from our Pastor
How can we help?
Are you struggling to understand how you can be a follower of Jesus and not be helping along the Texas Coast right now? Watching and reading the constant news of the devastating flooding of Harvey prompts something in us. We want to join the rescuers who are on the boats and wading through the water to help people in need. What can we do?
At First McKinney, we are in contact with the Red Cross and have offered our facility to them as a shelter for evacuees. We are working with ministry partners all along the Texas Coast to identify ways we can help. Our Men’s Ministry is partnering with a local ministry to send men to South Texas as specific needs arise. However, as we have talked to ministry leaders in the Houston area, the consistent message has been that though going right now would be exciting, it would not be helpful. Instead, the need for physical help on the ground from volunteers is going to be after the water subsides.
Here is a video to help communicate our response to the crisis: Helping Houston
So what can we do right now?
PRAY – This may sound trite, but if you are a believer, your conversation with God can help. “By him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col 1:16–17). God is physically with the trained rescuers and medical personnel that have been working around the clock to save lives. God is also physically with all of those who are in pain in Houston right now. Pray for all involved to be “strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” (Col 1:11).
GIVE – There are organizations who are on the ground, equipped and trained to help. For some, financial giving is the hardest thing to do. It doesn’t feel as heroic as being there in person. It isn’t something that we can post on social media. However, it is clear that Jesus wanted us to give financially in secret. “When you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:2–4). One credible organization that is on the ground that you can help right now through a financial gift is the Texas Baptist Men, Disaster Relief.
DONATE - People have lost everything. If you have something, you have something to offer. Jesus said “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you” (Matt 5:42). Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member Trusted World will be taking donations. The Trusted World drop-off location will be 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75248. The Donation Center will be open daily 3 – 8 p.m., until further notice.
The reality is some of these areas hit by the devastation will be in recovery for years. Our church will take a team to help with cleanup and repair at a later date. Please be willing to pray, give, and go then. The needs will not go away when the attention dies down. The news cycle will change before the lives can be rebuilt. Help us let the people of South Texas know that they are not forgotten by being available in the future.
With that in mind, This song has blessed me this week: Eye of the Storm.
I’ve also been holding tight to and sharing this verse from my Bible reading: “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along” (Psalms 40:1-2).
Are you struggling to understand how you can be a follower of Jesus and not be helping along the Texas Coast right now? Me too. Don’t forget.
But there is a lot we can do right now, right here. Let’s step up together and be the Church…
Lead Pastor First McKinney