Residents across Texas endured 139 hours of temperatures below freezing, widespread electricity outages, burst water pipes and extensive property damage during the winter storm which blanketed the state. We continue to pray for families who have lost loved ones and for the communities that are now realizing the extent of damage as areas have thawed out.
United Methodists throughout the connection are responding. Churches in these areas are finding creative ways to serve their communities. From opening churches as warming stations to distributing water and blankets to those who were left without. We would like to walk alongside the North Texas Annual Conference, The Texas Annual Conference and the Rio Grande Annual Conference in their response to meet the needs in their areas.
Subfreezing temperatures and several inches of snow cannot slow down the ministry of our churches, and this is the strength in the connection as we reach across boundaries to help and serve.
Below are three things we can all do now to help those impacted by this storm:
1. Pray. Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been affected by the winter storms. Please also pray for the First Responders through the search and rescue phase of this response, Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and the many volunteers in the local churches who are working tirelessly to provide relief and assess immediate needs.
2. Give. Give to relief and recovery efforts.
Praying for all those affected and displaced from this storm.