Hurricanes Laura & Sally: Relief & Recovery Efforts via SGSO
Simple & secure ways to give:
1. Text-to-give: Text the $ you'd like to donate, and the key word WORLD, to 972-884-5050. Ex: Text 40WORLD to donate $40.
2. ONLINE GIVING: CLICK HERE or visit www.prestoncrest.org/about/giving & scroll down to choose the SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS button
3. On Sundays at Prestoncrest: drop donations in the World Care dropbox in the foyer
4. Mail: Prestoncrest, 12700 Preston rd #210, Dallas, Tx 75230
Note: Please ONLY write “WORLD CARE” in the check memo line (as opposed to an individual work) so Elders can distribute funds as needed.
Volunteers always needed! Contact Mark Maynard @ Serving God By Serving Others
Cell: 817-773-3483 // firstname.lastname@example.org // www.SGSO.org
Update: Sunday October 11, 2020
Morning worship with the Maplewood Church of Christ in Sulphur Louisiana. Small group of believers who sheltered in place or just returned after Friday night's landfall of Hurricane Delta. Members sharing their story weathering storms through the night. Prayer and praise to a loving God. Singing, "Just For Today"...
Father God, just for today, Help me to walk the narrow way.
Help me stand when I might fall, Give me Your strength to hear Your call.
Chorus: May my steps be worship, may my thoughts be praise, may my words bring honor to Your name.
May my steps be worship, may my thoughts be praise, may my words bring honor to Your name.
And in the prayer requests we find the works of the Lord for those who hope to Serve God by Serving Others.
Preacher, Brian Spicer, Praise God. We are again without power but gather to worship by construction lights powered by a generator provided by the generosity of others. Our building looks intact but we have roof holes providing rays of sunlight in our Disaster Recovery warehouse. No damage to the contents, just the roof. (The warehouse has distributed truckloads of food supplies and clean up equipment to their local community and to Churches of coastal Louisiana and those in need.)
Two teachers of local grade school, prayers for our children who have not been to school this year, no power, no internet coverage, no cell tower coverage to learn from home. Some of the contractors hired to fix the damaged school have taken all of the computers, tablets, and anything of value locked in our rooms. Pray that our children will not miss a year of school.
All members voicing concern for the Sulphur city council meeting Monday. The city has not picked up any debris or trash since Hurricane Laura 40 days ago. The yards and streets are full. Pray for peace and unity for our community.
Prayers for elderly members and neighbors living in newly damaged homes and today we start anew with clean up and restoring tarps to damaged roofs.
Final prayer request and a rejoicing from preacher Brian Spicer, pray of thanksgiving for the spiritual renewal and clarity that comes with every storm. We have knowledge from the eye of the storm what so many others do not know. Let us lift our requests to God.
John 4: 33-37 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.
Pray for, give and come to join the work in Sulphur Louisiana!
Update as of 10/2/20
The work continues with the Maplewood Church of Christ in Sulphur Springs and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Last Sunday the Maplewood congegation was finally able to have worship service in their building with the help of generators, and today they are due to have power restored to the neighborhood! It will be a wonderful thing to sing praises to God without a generator hum in the background.
Workers and supplies continue to pour in thanks to the generosity of God's people. Please continue to send your prayers and donations, and consider helping out by volunteering to support this work. We would love for you to join us for a weekend, or any time you can come, as we serve God by serving others.
Stay informed by visiting www.SGSO.org any time. Volunteers can sign up on the SGSO website or by calling Jim Burrow (214-755-6303) or Mark Maynard (972-997-1836). Please be in prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. May the Lord bless our efforts as we seek to glorify Him by serving the “least of these.” Matthew 25:31-46
Update as of 9/25/20
The devastation on the coast of Texas and Louisiana is overwhelming. Thousands of families are still trying to get back to their homes. SGSO is working to help families and communities in need and is partnering with several other CoC Disaster Relief Organizations. The first relief efforts are starting in the towns of Sulphur and Lake Charles, Louisiana, working with the Maplewood Church of Christ. Efforts include cleanup, distributing supplies, and serving home-cooked meals to the community and the National Guard working in the area. Volunteers are needed, and positions include cooks, cook assistants, those with carpentry skills, and those that can help clear debris, etc. Efforts in Mississippi and Alabama are also on the horizon - supplies and building materials are needed in those areas as well. Prayers, volunteers, and financial support are all needed to make these efforts happen!
Stay informed by visiting www.SGSO.org any time. Volunteers can sign up there or by calling Jim Burrow (214-755-6303) or Mark Maynard (972-997-1836).
Please be in prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. May the Lord bless all these efforts as we seek to glorify Him by serving the “least of these.” Matt 25:31-46
Update as of 9/2/20
Mark Maynard, Co-Director of SGSO, has been in Lake Charles, Louisiana and surrounding areas and sent this report on the devastation in southeast Texas and south Louisiana from Hurricane Laura:
Hurricane Laura has cut an enormous area of damage along the coast and 100 miles inland. SGSO is responding and has determined from in person damage assessment that our response should be centered where the eye landed in Sulphur/ Lake Charles Louisiana. We are calling on your assistance with prayers, volunteer service and donations. Work locations at the Enterprise Blvd Church of Christ in Lake Charles and Maplewood Church of Christ in Sulphur will be in place by September 4th. Our neighbors on the coast are returning a week later to homes damaged and communities devastated by "unsurvivable" winds and storm surge. They need your help and in person encouragement in the process of clean up and restoration of their lives. To volunteer, go to www.SGSO.org click on the Volunteer tab and we will follow up. Your donations will allow immediate needs to be met, which will allow people to return to their homes until the community power is restored over the next 30 days. We will be focusing on this work for an estimated 12-18 months to rebuild and restore lives. This is our opportunity to serve our God by serving others. God is good.
Update as of 8/30/20
Hurricane Laura swept ashore as one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S. The eye came ashore at the Louisiana/ Texas border, destroying many communities in its wake. As always, SGSO stands ready to help.
Serving God by Serving Others is an organization with strong ties to Prestoncrest. The group's leadership, plus many of the workers and volunteers are Prestoncrest members. SGSO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to emergency disaster relief in the event of a natural or man-made disaster; such as tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, or earthquakes. Their mission is to provide practical aid and support to disaster victims as quickly and efficiently as possible. Members from several DFW area churches have participated in the organization of SGSO and assisted in bringing structure to the organization. SGSO’s organizational goal is to help churches and congregations reach out and provide aid swiftly and more efficiently following a disaster.
SGSO is working on responding and sending volunteers to help in the clean-up, which will continue in the weeks and months ahead when these communities start rebuilding. They will be able to pinpoint exact locations for response as water begins to recede and Disaster Relief groups are allowed in. In the meantime, SGSO is contacting churches and individuals in the area to assess the needs and how we can best serve.
SGSO seeks to serve a representative of the Lord’s people to those who have lost everything. In addition to helping with cleanup and rebuilding, SGSO volunteers focus on encouraging and sharing the love of Christ.
The needs will be great and will last for several months. Please pray for those affected by this terrible storm and the thousads of first responders working in the area for the next several months.