Dear Evangel University Family and Friends:
Since Friday (Aug. 25, 2017), we have watched as Hurricane Harvey has continued to impact Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Houston and surrounding areas who continue to be affected by this historic disaster. We have received numerous emails and social media posts from our alumni and friends, families of current students, and future EU students describing their experiences and asking for prayer.
(Updates below on Harvey, Irma & more)*
Here are a few of the posts about Hurricane Harvey:
- Please keep the prayers coming. My family of six had to evacuate our neighborhood today which has amazing levees that were overrun by the copious amounts of water. We have no idea what we will go back to but know that the whole city is a mess and that it will be weeks before water recedes. Please pray for safety, peace and wisdom in the coming days. Also, pray that through this our city would find Jesus.
- Additional flooding continues and continuous rescues are on-going. First responders are exhausted. My son is in charge of a water rescue team at the Houston Medical Center. Pray!
- The water is going up drastically – it is rising inches each hour. If it reaches the second floor my parents will only have what they carried out in a trash bag and their phones. Continued prayers appreciated.
- I am a 1989 Evangel alumni. As of now we still have power and our street is clear. There is a creek behind us, though. Please pray that God spares our neighborhood from an overflow.
- Situation is very scary. Still ok but probably only temporary as they are going to be letting water out of dam soon. Friends have water in homes and are on roofs waiting for rescue. Water is now rising in the street but not up the driveway…The girls have life vests on and boys have boogie boards if needed… Pray for all!
As members of the Evangel University family, I would ask for you to consider helping in two ways. First, continue to pray for all those impacted by the storms. Like you, my heart aches when I watch the news and hear the stories. Even when it seems hopeless, we can look to Jesus, the one who calms the storms. Second, make a donation to assist the relief efforts.
CONVOY of HOPE
Since Friday,* Convoy of Hope has delivered more than $1 million worth of supplies and served more than 20,000 survivors of Hurricane Harvey. They have Disaster Services teams on the ground distributing emergency supplies and will continue with relief efforts long after the storm has passed and the media have left the area.
We are reminded in scripture that storms and suffering are part of this life, but God has promised to always be with us.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isa. 43:1-3
Now, may the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord bless our country and the men and women who serve to protect our neighbors, our friends, our family; may the Lord give us all peace. Amen.
Dr. Carol A. Taylor
President, Evangel University
PS: Please follow our friends at Convoy of Hope on Facebook, to keep up-to-date with Hurricanes Harvey & Irma and future disaster relief efforts.
* HARVEY UPDATE: As of Wednesdayday evening, Sept. 20, COH volunteers have served more than 224,510 survivors of Hurricane Harvey. COH has delivered more than 4.9 million pounds of food and supplies to 57 cities, valued at more than $2.6 million.
** IRMA UPDATE: As of Wednesday evening, Sept. 20, “Our response to Hurricane Irma in Turks & Caicos continues as more than 263,520 meals have been served. We have been able to aid storm survivors in Providenciales, South Caicos and Grand Turk.” In Florida thus far, they have delivered more than one million pounds of food and supplies, in 34 cities, valued at nearly $1 million.
*** MARIA & MEXICAN EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: As of Wednesday evening, Sept. 20, “We have teams ready to deploy, as soon as they are safely able, to Mexico in response to the recent earthquake and Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Early reports indicate Puerto Rico is completely without power, and while we hope for the best, we are preparing for the worst.”