When you type "HOUSTON" into Google Search, the first thing that appears on the screen is:
"SOS ALERT: TROPICAL STORM HARVEY"
Harvey has spread it's destruction across every county in Southeast Texas, flooding into parts of Louisiana. It's said to be the worst flood in all of U.S. history–and it's in CSM's own backyard, effecting our partners and ministry there. But, glory to God, Harvey has only brought the community closer together, according to CSM City Director, Jason.
Jason and his wife evacuated their home this week by boat (see photo below), along with thousands of others who are now waiting to return to see what is left. "Yeah, we'll lose some stuff, including our two cars. But we can recover from that."
And that's the attitude and reflection most of the city is choosing. Hope. Optimism. And even thankfulness, as many people have expressed "It could've been worse."
"I've always been proud to be a Texan," Jason says, "but the biggest thing I've seen from our community is unity without complaints. We're really coming together in profound ways."
"But, we're going to need help."
While financial support and prayer is essential, what's also needed are volunteer groups. "Really, this isn't promotional, I promise. But we will really need groups to come on mission to Houston to help with the cleanup." Jason said that the cleanup will go into next year, even summer 2018.
CSM: It's time to help our Houston family.
Please spread the word or even signup to be a part of a team to come serve Houston.
It's not CSM that needs to shine through our efforts, but the love of Christ seen in helping our neighbor.
It's as simple as that.