The National Council of Churches mourns the loss of life and the forced displacement of thousands caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are grateful many of our member communions have responded with relief efforts to aid those who are suffering as a result of the unprecedented amount of rain that has affected Houston, Harris County, and the surrounding area. We are also heartened by the many stories of the commitment of first responders to save lives and of neighbors helping neighbors. It is in times of crises that we see the potential of the human spirit to extend a caring hand across boundaries that may otherwise divide us. We pray that all who remain at risk be kept safe and that the waters recede quickly. We also recognize that recovery will be a long process and implore the federal government to respond quickly and generously without cuts to human needs assistance programs.
We encourage people of faith everywhere to support the relief agencies of their particular communion generously and to support the people of Houston and the Gulf Coast past the time of crisis to alleviate the long term effects of this disaster.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God, Incline your ear to me, hear my words.
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge
Psalm 17:6-7a, NRSV
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