This is a great music video by Native American artist Nahko and Medicine for the People titled Love Letters to God. This video shares a powerful story of indigenous people. As our Sr. High mission team prepares for our summer trip to MN, may this song speak deeply to us
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas late Friday night. It threatened millions of residents with 130-mph winds, heavy rains, and a massive storm surge that swamped coastal areas. Here’s what you need to know so far.
Explore facts and FAQs about Hurricane Harvey, and learn how you can help:
Hurricane Harvey is the country’s first major (Category 3 or higher) hurricane since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in October 2005. Hurricane Wilma was stronger than Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, both part of the same storm season.
Late Friday evening, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 130 mph. The storm dropped heavy rainfall across south central Texas and has since been downgraded to a Category 2.
As the Category 4 storm approached land, World Vision began shipping relief goods from four of its field sites across the United States. The items are scheduled to arrive at the agency’s North Texas warehouse Monday from warehouses in Fife, Washington; Chicago; Philippi, West Virginia; and Grand Prairie, Texas.
“We’ve been responding to emergencies in the U.S. for decades,” says Reed Slattery, World Vision’s national program director for the United States. “But it looks like Harvey is going to pack a big punch when it hits Texas. We want to make sure to get these relief supplies down there as quickly as possible to help the children and families affected by this storm.”
Emergency supplies headed to the disaster zone include: tents, sleeping bags, coolers, food kits, personal hygiene items, school supplies, socks, clothes, diapers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and latex gloves. Products will be distributed to local partners and community leaders in Texas.
Right now, our warehouse staff, truck drivers, and local partners are working to mobilize and deliver relief supplies to affected communities as quickly and safely as possible.
Consider helping us continue the flow of emergency supplies by donating to World Vision’s Disaster Relief in the U.S. Fund. You will directly affect our efforts to care for families in great need after this catastrophe.
Join us in praying for people affected by the storm as well as for emergency responders:
“Almighty Father, we ask for Your mercy on those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Protect people. Guide emergency responders as they seek to help those in need.”
If you are looking for a great way to do meaningful and sustaining activist work to help make a difference in the world, then check out Freedom United.
Create a profile and you can learn about all their campaigns to end slavery around the world, take meaningful steps of action, learn through videos, and much more through earning Freedom Badges. (See below video about their freedom badges)
MY FREEDOM BADGES
WHAT ARE FREEDOM BADGES AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?
Medallions and emblems hold an important place in the history of the abolitionist movement. Our anti-slavery activist ancestor Josiah Wedgwood, known for developing the pottery industry, contributed to the cause by designing and producing the famous Wedgwood medallion in the late 1780s. These were worn by people like us to show their support for ending the transatlantic slave trade and help spread the word. The medallions were worn on their lapels, in hatpins, brooches and even on snuffboxes. We’ve created Freedom Badges for the same purpose. They are virtual medallions that help us keep track of all the steps we’ve taken to oppose modern slavery and to share on social media, just as they were shared hundreds of years ago. Some can even be earned again each time you take action.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Twelve million actions. Six million Facebook supporters. Two million email advocates. Thousands of partners, activists, and survivor advocates. All working together to end a $150 billion industry which exploits tens of millions of people. Modern slavery will end when we have the numbers on our side.
On Sept 23 our youth group will head to Washington, DC to join with many others in supporting St. Jude’s Hospital to help care for children who have cancer and their families. Let us represent our church with many voices and walk together in DC, raising our voice and funds to care for these beautiful children. You can sign up with our group here
Syrian refugee children head home with crowns and painted faces after another fun day at one of the Child Friendly Space and Early Childhood Education centers for Syrian Refugee children, near Zahle’ in Bekaa, Lebanon.