Chronicling 40: Day 41 of 365

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Hurricane Harvey has brought really unprecedented devastation.  It was a trifecta of things working against Texas.  Low lying areas prone to flooding.  A strong, large, wet storm.  The several day stall over Texas even after it downgraded.  A deluge was opened.  The news gets worse as we learn that levees are being opened and will release additional waters that will flood areas.

People who were told not to evacuate are stranded.  People who were told to evacuate didn’t, or waited until the last minute.  Some shelters are inaccessible because people are stranded in their neighborhoods or the pathway to the shelter is flooded.

People have lost everything.  We learn that some of these people had already lost everything once in Katrina, relocated to Texas… and history is repeating itself.   We are learning that at minimum 2/3 of residents affected by flooding didn’t have flood insurance and will bear the financial impact of repairing their homes and replacing their belongings.  We have no way to calculate the financial cost of Hurricane Harvey, yet.  We still have no idea how many lives were lost.

Lord, help Texas.

We also know, from past experience, that people will take advantage of good hearted people who want to help.  So, here are a list of verified organizations you can donate to in order to help those who have been impacted by this devastation.

Animals:

Houston SPCA   www.houstonspca.org

Houston Humane Society  http://www.houstonhumane.org/

 

Food:

Houston Food Bank:  http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

 

Local Organizations:

Greater Houston Community Foundation https://ghcf.org/

 

Disaster Relief & Response Organizations:

Salvation Army:  helpsalvationarmy.org

  • By calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY.
  • By texting STORM to 51555.

The Red Cross:  redcross.org

  • By calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • By texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

St Bernard Parish USA:  http://sbpusa.org/

Convoy of Hope   https://www.convoyofhope.org/blog/features/disaster-response/convoy-hope-responds-hurricane-harvey/

Samaritan’s Purse  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/

Missions Highlight – The Philippines

My friend’s step daughter is embarking on another missions trip, this time to the Philippines with the movement “Beauty For Ashes” that will be partnering with another organization “Wipe Every Tear”.  This trip will be focusing on women who are currently in the sex trade industry in the Philippines.

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A note from Cynnamon:

Hello, my name is Cynnamon and I am 24 years old. Ever since I can remember I have had a strong passion and desire to do missions work. In July of last year I set out to do an all women’s healing trip with Beauty For Ashes in Guatemala.  Beauty For Ashes is a movement to create a place for women to share their stories with one another as they embark on their journey towards freedom. That trip to Guatemala really restored my worth in Christ and really opened my eyes to the needs of people all over the world. Recently, I have been presented with another opportunity to serve women in the Philippines with the Beauty For Ashes team. We will be working with an organization called Wipe Every Tear and working with women rescued from the sex trade. We will be activities with the women in small settings and groups. Our goal is to help restore their worth and remind them that their value is seen only through the eyes of Christ and nobody else. From now until I leave for the Philippines on July 28th, I will be working diligently to raise the funds for my trip. The total cost of my trip will be $3,000. This trip is unlike anything I have ever done before and I can’t wait to see how God will show up during this time of fundraising. Will you consider joining me on this journey? Your prayers and financial support are very important to me.

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Missions Highlight- Jenny Andrews

Summer time seems to be one of the busiest times for missions. I’d like to highlight the good work that some of my family and friends are embarking on.  Prayerfully consider giving those who are answering the call of The Great Commission.

My sweet friend Jenny Andrews is serving with Gaits to Heaven

Jenny is a Native American who has served The Great Commission by sharing her testimony, heart for Jesus, and gifts/talents on Reservations in the United States.  She has a heart for her people, the struggles they battle, and sharing the hope of Christ with them.  Jenny speaks candidly about her own struggles and from her own brokenness a message of healing and restoration.  She is also a US Army Veteran.

I have had the pleasure of serving with Jenny in reaching women in our local communities, of South Florida.  I have the utmost confidence in the work she is going to do on the reservations.

If you can not give financially, please keep Jenny and our Native American population in your prayers.

A note from Jenny:

Please pray for me as I raise support to go on two mission trips this year. I have already raised $480 out of the $1200. If you would like to donate please send your gifts to “Gaits to Heaven” with a memo “Jenny Andrews” so I will receive the gift. It will be a tax deductible gift. I covet your prayers. Thank you for your support.

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