Harvey brought tragedy to many people. There were lives lost, homes destroyed, valuable property and possessions gone forever. We grieve with those who suffered at the hands of Harvey.
Out of the disaster, however, Jesus has brought blessings — blessings that come from loving God and loving people.
Jesus called His church into action and the church stepped up. Our churches rescued people, took meals to victims, opened shelters, and set up distribution centers to provide food, clothing and supplies.
Those outside the area wanted to help so they began sending supplies, volunteers and money to help with disaster relief.
Our TRBA churches organized with other churches and non-profits in the area. They did not wait for people from national charities or government agencies. They took ownership of the disaster and went to work. Wherever they saw someone hurting or in trouble, they did whatever they could to help.
When County Judge Jay Knight was asked if the Red Cross saved Liberty County, he answered, “No. The churches saved us. We weren’t saved by the Red Cross but by THE Cross.”
Through Hurricane Harvey, we have learned how to work together to respond to human need in the midst of a tragedy. Now we can take that experience and continue to work together to meet the greatest human need, the need for a Savior.
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Our annual meeting this year is an opportunity for us to celebrate the good news that Jesus is greater than Harvey — that God used this natural disaster to advance His Kingdom purposes.
A panel of pastors will share stories of how they saw God working in the midst of the rescue, relief, and recovery efforts. We will spend time worshiping the Lord together. We will hear a Bible message that speaks specifically to our association where we are today.
Please come and bring as many as you can from your church as we celebrate together, proclaiming, “JESUS > HARVEY.”