Hopefuls and Friends Far and Near,
The Scriptures tell us that Jesus “is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:17 ESV) Today, as with yesterday, and the day before, all things are still held together in Him.
This truth sustains us as Houstonians in a time when our city is hurting. The devastation is hard to wrap our minds around. Our city is aching, so many suffering. So many tears have been shed. Yet God is still good, still in control, still loving, still gracious, and still God. We know this.
So now is the time for followers of Jesus to shine brightly. Let’s lead in loving and serving our city, and let’s lead in giving hope and rest. This is a daunting chapter but it’s not the end of the story. Whatever happens, God is still good and we trust Him.
In Houston today, August 29, we’re not yet out of the woods. Rain is still falling and water from the dam of the Addicks Reservoir is overflowing. The Barker Reservoir is expected to soon follow. Let’s keep praying for our city and begging God to bless and provide.
At our elder meeting this morning, we thanked God for protection on our Hope family. At the moment, there are various needs and we’re focused on those. Yet it was striking how few major situations we have. We’re so grateful for the protection and provision over our Hope family.
We’re also so grateful for many of you outside of Houston who have prayed for us, reached out to us, and offered to help. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For those of us in Houston and beyond, here are ways we can all help:
1. Pray. It’s always our top priority and certainly so now. Above all else, let’s stay diligent in prayer. We desperately need God to move and He’s honored in our prayers.
2. Serve. After hearing each elder report on our home groups and covenant members, we as elders felt led to direct external focus to other churches and needs. We’re so encouraged by many Hopefuls already serving in our community. There are many local shelters throughout Houston as well as neighbors and friends with great needs. Let’s get together, reach out, and bless our city. It’s a powerful time to shine the light of Christ.
For churches outside Houston looking to send volunteers or supplies, we recommend the Houston Church Planting Network site as a starting point: http://www.hcpn.org/relief
3. Give. We’ve set up a fund at Hope Church to receive gifts toward disaster relief. Please give online at www.hopechurchhouston.org/give and select “Harvey - Disaster Relief” or direct a check to Hope Church with “Harvey - Disaster Relief” in the memo line. Our mailing address is:
Hope Church Houston
9337 B Katy Freeway #252
Houston, TX 77024
For our Hopefuls, please keep your discipleship groups updated and post on The City as needs arise. As elders, we are praying for each of you and eager to serve in any way. You are loved, you are cared for, and we are with you.
This storm is not yet over, but we know who holds all things together. May He find us faithful and may He be glorified as we rest in Him. Love you all deeply.
Peter, for your Hope elders