Texas bishop assures church after hurricane
With phrases like "We love you" and "Thank you," the leader of the Houston area United Methodist churches spoke to those gathered for a Sunday worship service after Hurricane Harvey. The United Methodist News Service offers this exclusive look at Bishop Scott Jones' September 3 message along with images of how United Methodists are working together to offer relief after the disaster.
(Locator: Matagorda, Texas)
(People sing hymns inside church)
Bishop Scott Jones, Texas Annual Conference: “I am grateful to be worshipping with you all this morning. And I want you to know on behalf of all of the churches in the Texas Annual Conference, to know that we love you, that we are praying for you and that we are going to continue praying for you.
The United Methodist Church is a connection of many, many churches all over the country, and all over the world, and as your bishop, part of my job is to hear where the needs are and where the resources are, and try to bring all those together. And I’m also just excited that you all have already been the hands and feet of Christ in this community. To see what’s going on in your fellowship hall, to hear about providing help to families through a food pantry, I want to say thank you for what you’ve been doing, and to recognize that this recovery from Hurricane Harvey is not going to be a quick fix.
(Scenes of flooded areas)
We know when you have a devastation factor to this effect, it just gets huge, and it goes on for a long time. So we’re committed to being the hands and feet of Christ wherever we’re needed.
A pastor of Chapelwood United Methodist Church launched the Chapelwood Navy. And in his community the streets were flooded, people were marooned, 911 was overwhelmed, and so The United Methodist Church got some boats together and went out and rescued people with the pastor, John Stephens, leading the group. We went to see the neighborhood where he and others had been wading in sometimes chest-deep water to get to homes and rescue people.
Those stories have been happening all over south Texas. Mary Lou and I were in Beaumont yesterday. They’ve not had drinking water in parts there and so there was a church in west Houston, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, that had more bottled water than they needed. So we drove to Beaumont and Nederland to deliver water and supplies there. Then I found that one church had too many flood buckets and they needed them in Winnie, Texas, yesterday so that was our last run yesterday.
I’m playing a very small part in this. You all are the hands and feet of Christ in this community, and I just want to say thank you. And to make the pledge that in fact we’re going to be in this for the long haul.”
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Donations can be made at www.umcor.org for U.S. Disaster Response, #901670.
This video was produced by the United Methodist News Service based at United Methodist Communications. Special thanks to Producer Andrew Jensen, Production assistant Caleb Watson and Texas Annual Conference communications Director Shannon Martin. Media contact is Tim Tanton, United Methodist News Service, at 615-742-5470.