“The #1 question we hear: ‘How can I help?’ As followers of Jesus, we seek to love our neighbor and serve those in need.

So first, thank you. Here on the Gulf Coast, we have heard and felt your love and support during this disaster,” writes Bishop Michael Rinehart of the ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.*

“Second, as people of faith, join us in prayer. For first responders and those who had to evacuate flooded homes, for people worried about family and those who [are] trying to pick up the pieces.

Third financial gifts are more helpful than gifts of goods right now. Financial resources are portable and used for many different purposes…**

Finally, wait and listen. The disaster isn’t over. It is still raining. Once the rain stops and the water recedes, then the work begins. Then we will begin to assess what the needs are and begin to clean up.”

* ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Weekly News and Announcements (August 29, 2017)

** Find Lutheran Disaster Response’s Hurricane Harvey relief info at www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Hurricane-Relief or jump directly to donation page at https://community.elca.org/USHurricaneRelief .

NOTE: Photo from elca.org of emergency workers gathered at an intersection near Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston.