On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast of Texas as a category-4 storm. Unprecedented flooding, caused by 25 inches of rainfall, has forced approximately 30,000 people from their homes. The flooding has caused massive damage in and around Houston, the fourth-most populous city in the U.S. This disaster will require a long-term response.
Church leaders are still assessing needs. The most-affected areas are still under water, but Nazarene disaster response teams are ready to respond as soon as the waters recede. In addition to meeting immediate needs, the response will focus on long-term recovery efforts to help those who have been displaced from their homes.
Several Nazarene churches were affected, and many church members' homes were flooded. At least two Nazarene churches were seriously affected. The Clear Lake, Texas, Church of the Nazarene is completely flooded, and the Portland, Texas, Church of the Nazarene sustained serious damage. Harvey, now a slow-moving tropical storm, is still dumping rain. The rains are affecting communities across the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi, Texas, to New Orleans, Louisiana. There are 13 million people are under flood warnings and watches across the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi, Texas, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Some areas are expected to receive as much as 50 inches of rain. “We encourage the church to join with others in prayer for those affected and first responders,” says Bob Broadbooks, director of the USA/Canada region. “This flood is of historic proportions. As soon as we know how best to serve, we will keep our church informed.”
Please join us in prayer and support for families and individuals affected by the disaster.