Update August 28, 2017
WELS Christian Aid and Relief (CAR) asks that the people of WELS keep those affected by Hurricane Harvey in their thoughts and prayers as they deal with the aftermath of this catastrophic storm. CAR Chairman Rev. Robert Hein and CAR Committee Member and Volunteer Coordinator Rev. Richard Warnecke continue to be in communication with District President Don Patterson, who has been in contact with the pastors in the areas that have experienced damage. An assessment of the damage will be done in the days ahead.
A staging area is in the process of being set up in Austin, Tex., with Daron Lindemann coordinating the effort. Two of the CAR relief trailers will be deployed to the staging area this week. Both trailers are equipped with chainsaws, generators, gasoline, and various tools that can be used to aid the volunteers in the cleanup.
On behalf of all the storm victims, WELS CAR would like to thank you for your prayers, words of encouragement, gifts and talents in their time of need. wels.net/relief
August 25, 2017
Dear Lord of Wind and Wave, there is a hurricane bearing down on Texas that is predicted to bring damage and harm to residents in the Houston and Corpus Christi area. We have witnessed your power over storms that cause fear when you stood up in a boat and rebuked the wind and waves and calmed the sea. We ask, according to your holy will, that you use that power to keep people safe. We pray for our WELS churches in the area, all who are weak and vulnerable, and those whose hearts are nervous. Use these days as a display of your creative power. May all who don’t know your love and peace be brought to an awareness of the eternal danger of a life without you. Use us to bring relief to anyone who is hurting as you give us strength, and especially the relief that comes through your saving word. We pray in your name, Lord, Jesus, and believe your way is always best. Amen.