Hi all,

I just received this email.  Please read it and pray about how you, your family and Crossroads Church may respond.

Pastor, Crossroads Church

Dear Pastor,

As you have seen on the news, Hurricane Harvey is leaving ruin and devastation in its wake as it progresses through Texas. Thousands of coastal Texans are displaced from their homes. Weather forecasters expect up to 50 inches of rain in some places-a new all-time record for rainfall in Texas. Storm survivors need our help.

The North American Mission Board's Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief began responding before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, delivering Crisis Buckets filled with essential materials for residents ravaged by wind and waves. With the storm now taking such a toll on land, next steps are needed.

Here's how you and your church can help:
  1. Serve. Thousands of volunteers will be needed to serve in Houston shelters, feeding kitchens childcare units and beyond. Whether you're experienced in Disaster Relief or not, you're needed to show Christ's love in action! We are awaiting specific instructions from the government and our partners on when it will be safe to enter the area. Sign up as an individual or group at namb.net/Harvey.
  2. Donate. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Send Relief will be providing long-term relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Mobile kitchens are being called to prepare up to 150,000 meals a day. Volunteers will be mudding out houses for months to come, and chainsaw crews will clear fallen trees until every Texan can come home. You can help encourage and support their efforts by giving here or by texting SENDRELIEF to 41444.
  3. Pray. Pray for residents of Texas and its surrounding neighbors. Pray for leaders making response decisions and for the Church to be a light in this dark time. Pray for first responders, aid workers and volunteers who will work tirelessly in the next coming months to make sure everyone is safe.
Thank you for what you will do to make a difference in the lives of those who desperately need it right now.

Serving together,

Kevin Ezell, President
North American Mission Board, SBC