Hurricane Harvey brought the fury of a Category 4 storm to the Texas coast, slamming the cities of Corpus Christie, Rockport, and Port Aransas, among others. Harvey has also dumped feet of rain in Houston and surrounding southeast Texas and Louisiana. Our hearts break for our neighbors to the south. TouchPoint has several clients based in the Houston area and on the Texas coast, and we are keeping them in our prayers. We are saddened to report that one of our church partners, First Baptist Rockport, was devastated by the storm.
The damage to FBC Rockport’s building is so extensive that they are unable to store any physical donations. A statement from the church has asked that items be stored in nearby homes or a climate controlled warehouse in the San Antonio, Austin, or Corpus Christie area. If you have facilities available and would like to offer them to the church, please contact the church with your information.
Additionally, FBC Rockport needs monetary donations. The church has created a special hurricane relief fund. If you feel moved to contribute to the efforts to rebuild, you can donate here.
Times like these elicit feelings of awe and fear of the power of nature. At the same time, they inspire us with the human response. Stories of people doing whatever they can to rescue and relieve those affected remind us that God is mightier than any storm.
Patty Albin, office manager for FBC Rockport, said she and the rest of the church have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the entire Rockport community. “Businesses such as HEB, Walmart, Ace Hardware, and others have pitched in with supplies for the community. Local, state and national government support, plus an army of volunteers, have been awe inspiring,” Albin said. “We know that it is the Lord working. The person who steps out of his house, though the roof is half missing, and goes across the street to help his neighbor, that is the Lord, that is Jesus and the Holy Spirit in us, working.”
The Lord is moving in even more powerful ways. Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham, and other national and state leaders convened on the grounds of FBC Rockport to survey the damage and hold a prayer vigil for the community.
While the national spotlight is currently focused on Rockport, the community will be rebuilding for years to come. On behalf of our friends at FBC Rockport, we know that your prayers and donations will be deeply appreciated.