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Hurricane Recovery Thoughts

**For members and regular attendees, please fill out our "Hurricane Harvey Recovery Form" if you have needs as a result of Hurricane Harvey. If you wish to donate to the GfBC Benevolence Fund, you can do so here: Benevolence.

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.””

(John 16:33 ESV)

What a week! There have been a lot of ups and down over the last few days. It has been hard to watch various members of our community suffer through this storm and know that there is little we can do to relieve the stress and pain that they are experiencing. At the same time, it has been a blessing to watch our body come together in the midst of struggle and care for each other. This church is truly an inspiration in the area of hospitality.

The GfBC deacons have been amazing, communicating on an almost daily basis with members while their own families and friends struggle through the storm and subsequent crises that have resulted. Watching each of them send reports and make contact with their member-families has been an inspiration to me.

There is a lot of work to be done over the next few months as our community recovers. If you have had damaged or have needs because of this storm, I urge you to fill out our information form of ways that you need help. Please don't think that any need is too small.

For those providing help, I want to encourage you to think about this in a few of ways:

  1. Immediate needs - The immediate requirements of the body that we are aware of were (or are being) met. I want to thank all of you who provided hospitality to others, donated necessary materials, helped move members and their belongings, and prayed for the members of our church.
  2. Short Term Needs - There are people in our body who had damage to their homes, cars, apartments, etc. The short term needs will be for those who can help to provide physical labor for clean-up. We will need people who can provide help to tear out carpet, sheetrock, clean floors, wash clothes, and other things. Another way to help would be to provide cleaning supplies to those in need. Perhaps you have a car that someone can borrow for a short time. Each of these could fill a need.
  3. Long Term Needs - The grind of rebuilding and repairing damaged homes will begin shortly. Please pray for those who are going through this process. Yes, there will be a financial investment necessary to rebuild. But at least as costly will be the emotional stress that comes with being displaced or having to start over in your own home.
  4. Eternal Needs - This is the most important and most overlooked aspect of recovery. This storm has provided an opportunity for our body to be sanctified and Christ to be glorified. There are people around you who have no hope. As they see that you do not consider this world your home and that your possessions, though important, are not eternal, they will ask you for a reason for having such hope. Here you have a chance to give them the greatest news humanity has: the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.”

(1 Corinthians 15:3–6 ESV)