Many people see the damage and the hurt that is so prevalent in Houston and are unsure as to how they can help. The truth is that many people can be very generous in a time of need, but lack the information as to how they can really help. If we all had the time and resources, hopefully we would be willing to head to Houston and lend a hand. However, many people have jobs, small children, school, and other responsibilities they can't leave behind. So here are 3 ways you can help without packing your bags.
1. You can give financially.
Let's just get the obvious out there. Money is a useful tool. If you have money saved or maybe God has recently blessed you, consider sending some finances through a trusted disaster relief agency. Samaritan’s Purse, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, and Somebody Cares International are just a few agencies you may want to look at. 1 John 3:17-18 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
2. You can pray.
Seem a little too cliché? We're not talking about a statement of "intent to pray," or, "Our prayers will be with them," kind of prayer. Instead there is a need for actual intercessory prayer. Psalm 122:6 says, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem..." If there is anything the people of Houston need right now it's peace. The believers need the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), and those who don't know Christ need to meet the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). People have lost things, yes, but more than that they have lost stability. A loss of a daily routine, the comfort of a home, and more can drain away any sense of peace a person had. But Jesus can bring true peace.
3. You can reach out relationally.
We live in a culture where even in tragedy many of these victims still have access to social media. Our social media accounts are tools that too often are not utilized to their fullest potential. Search you accounts to see if you may know people who are in or near the area and ask them if they have been affected. Send them an encoraging message. Tell them you will praying for them (because you actually will be). Ask them what their needs are. Let them know that you're there for them to reach out to if they just need to talk, cry, or vent (Weep with those who weep... Rom. 12:10). Love them. You might even get the opportunity to reach out to some other people who see your comments. These people desperately need relationship, and more importantly, Jesus.