Monday, August 28, 2017–Since the threat of Hurricane Harvey became imminent late last week, Church of God leaders have been monitoring the weather event and the subsequent devastating floods that are now occurring. Operation Compassion and God’s Pit Crew, two disaster-relief agencies with ties to the Church of God, have been en route to the affected areas and are providing relief and supplies.
Last Friday, August 25, Dr. Timothy M. Hill, General Overseer of the Church of God, issued a statement calling for prayers for those in the path of Hurricane Harvey. Today at 3:00 p.m. EST, Hill will be joined by Texas State Overseer Tim Brown and others who will give the latest update on the situation during a Facebook Live session. To view the session visit facebook.com/COGHQ.
The following is the prayer alert released by the general overseer last Friday:
“With Hurricane Harvey bearing down on my home state of Texas, I am calling upon our Church of God family to pray for those whose lives have been and will be disrupted by this massive storm. Now classified as a Category 4 hurricane and expected to make landfall within the next few hours in the Houston-Corpus Christi area, this storm could cause more damage than any in a decade. With storm surges predicted as high as 12-feet and more than 3-feet of rain expected in some areas over the next few days, the winds of Hurricane Harvey may not be as devastating as the water and rain that follows.
There is no doubt that this storm is going to pack a huge punch along the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast. With a strong Church of God presence in that coastal area, we need to be in prayer for our church family that will be impacted, as well as millions more who will be dealing with the after effects of this storm for weeks and months to come.
As with every destructive natural event, the Church of God will be on-site to provide help as quickly as the authorities allow us in to the affected areas. Operation Compassion, God’s Pit Crew, and our other disaster relief efforts are already positioning supplies and volunteers to assist in this effort.
To contribute to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, you can go to https://churchofgod.securegive.com .While your contributions are necessary, prayers for those impacted are most needed. Please pray for God’s protection and provision for all those along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast areas.”