While Hurricane Harvey — downgraded now to a tropical storm — has caused and is still causing a great deal of destruction and hardship in Texas, countless stories of hope have also been circulating.
One of the faith leaders on the forefront of helping those affected by the relentless storm is Franklin Graham and his charity, Samaritan’s Purse.
“My heart continues to be heavy for the good people of South Texas as they begin to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey — and the flood waters are still rising in many areas,” wrote Graham Sunday on his Facebook page.
He also wrote: “We have pre-positioned Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief trucks and materials outside Dallas and will be moving into the hardest hit areas as soon as we are given the all-clear by the state authorities. We hope that over the next few months there will be thousands of volunteers who will want to come and help those whose homes have been damaged by this destructive storm.”
Graham asked for all Americans to pray for those suffering from the effects of the storm.
“We want people to know that God is ‘a refuge from the storm’ (Isaiah 25:4),” wrote Graham. “Our Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response chaplains are also there and already ministering to families near San Antonio who had to leave their homes. Pray for the Texas National Guard, the military, law enforcement, and first responders who are working so hard to help during this crisis. Will you?”
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Many individuals are reaching out to help their neighbors during this crisis — just regular people helping strangers and saving lives.
Samaritan’s Purse, based in Boone, North Carolina, is just one of the charities that have been hard at work in the Houston area — and for some people in the state, these good deeds are literally the difference between life and death. The nondenominational evangelical Christian organization provides spiritual and physical aid to “hurting people around the world,” as the group notes on its website.