Houston after Hurricane Harvey

Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA has a blog that you can follow: bishopmike.com/2017/08/29/congregations-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey

Read about congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey, as well as view photos of the damage and the ministry in the aftermath.

As Bishop Mike writes:

“These congregations will have a difficult time, in large part because insurance companies do not like to insure congregations so close to the coast. Quite a few these congregations had no flood insurance.”

“The good news is, ministry continues. Evacuees were sheltered in homes and churches. 5,000 people stayed at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. There have been, and continue to be, touching acts of kindness from strangers. The church is the church, regardless of buildings.”

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 25, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. While many have evacuated, significant damage is still expected, and thousands of people may be housed in shelters for an extended period of time.

Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together, we have a strong history of working with disasters in the Gulf Coast area. The road to recovery will be long, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.

We invite you to stand by our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come.

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “Hurricane Response – United States” will be used entirely (100 percent) for this disaster until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give today to support the needs in this response and others like it.

Visit the “Hurricane Harvey Relief” Lutheran Disaster Response page at community.elca.org/ushurricanerelief?erid=28805499&trid=7de0dc7d-4a24-4ad2-af34-e2e0f5eb5a7b

Photograph of Pastor Ashely Dellagiacoma at the George R. Brown Convention Center by Bishop Michael Rinehart.