Relief Efforts Video
Thank you so much for sharing the hope we have in Christ to so many in the past few weeks. So many of you have been the hands and feet of Jesus in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in our region. We know that many of you continue to work helping family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. Following is an update of some of the things the FBC family has done and continues to do.
Tomball CERT Shelter at First Baptist Church
FBC Tomball was one of the first shelters to open as the hurricane was in Full force. We were notified soon after the shelter opened that the Red Cross would not be able to run the shelter because they did not have enough workers or resources in our area. Thankfully, we have an amazing church family, community and other churches in our area who stepped up to help us meet the needs of feeding, clothing and caring for the 177 individuals who came through our shelter.
As soon as needs were made know, our church family and others in our community began dropping off food paper goods, and clothes. Redeemer Church, Tomball United Methodist, Tomball Bible Church and Church 137 also stepped up to provide multiple meals for the shelter at a time that it was desperately needed. First Baptist Church Montgomery brought a group of volunteers to work at the shelter and also helped distribute bottled water we had left to FBC LaGrange, whose community was having issues with their water supply. Countless volunteers from FBC Tomball, churches we partnered with and the community did whatever was needed at the shelter from serving food, to organizing donations and cleaning.
The shelter was unable to use all of the food and supplies donated. We have distributed most of those items to the following churches, organizations and individuals:
Tomball Bible Church
Champion Forest Baptist church
Zion Lutheran Church
Tomball Pregnancy Center
New Life Adoptions Tomball
St. Anne's Catholic church
Baytown Revival Center
Tomball Police, Fire and Public Works Departments
Local nursing home employees
Shelter at Lone Star College in Tomball
Families in our area affected by flooding
RELIEF EFFORTS CONTINUE
We continue to mobilize as we become aware of needs. The Wednesday Ladies' Bible Study Classes made lunches and distributed them to families and volunteers in flooded areas near us on Wednesday.
We were made of a need at Heritage Park Baptist church in Webster this week. Information on needs was sent out through our Bible Study Departments and donations were collected. A group went down Saturday to deliver supplies and do demo work in the Webster area.
Continue to reach out to those you are in contact with and do what you can. Most importantly, continue to pray.