The images are hard to digest…
Thousands of people have lost everything. Everything. Two history making storms – Harvey and Irma – back to back, causing well over $100 Billion in damages. We won’t know the final total bill for a while, but we can be sure of this: Many people cannot get their lives back without help. Government cannot do it all, nor can the government pay for it all. If ever there was a moment for the church to help, this is it!
Disaster recovery from these storms along the Gulf Coast and in Florida will take years. While many of us wanted to jump in our cars and rush down there to help, the real recovery will come from the steady hand of dedication over the long haul. That’s exactly what we will do.
This past week, I assembled and met with a small group of people at PCC who will lead the effort for our church as we respond to these disasters. Here’s what we’re doing:
- Hygiene Kits. Items for hygiene kits are being collected at every PCC Campus today and next Sunday. We’ll be assembling the following items into 1 gallon Ziploc bags:
- facial tissue
- shaving cream/razor
- Ziploc Bags (for assembly of the kits)
- Mission Trips are being planned right now for some time in October or November. The leadership team for this effort is making local connections now in disaster-affected areas. VERY soon, we will have dates and other information for you. We will be going to help shovel mud, remove damaged material (like sheetrock and flooring), remove storm debris, and possibly begin reconstruction. As soon as we have more information, we will get it out.
- This will be a long term mission for PCC, and we are planning to make multiple trips over the next few months. We expect that this effort will span several years.
- So far, almost $14,000 has been raised and committed by our church to help these folks. You can always give to Disaster relief through PCC, and please remember that your ongoing support for our church strengthens our ability to help in moments like these. You can give online – it’s safe, easy and fast – by going here.
Stay tuned…more info is coming. Thank you for your sacrifice. We’re going to make a huge difference in some of these people’s lives.