On behalf of the Texas Annual Conference, thank you for your prayers and support in this time of relief and recovery from Hurricane Ike. While this hurricane was very bad in places, we are also grateful to God for the limited loss of life.
Thousands of United Methodists in the Texas Annual Conference are in the process of relief and recovery from Hurricane Ike. The eye of the hurricane landed on our shores and tropical force winds extended all the way to the northeast edge of the conference, before exiting to the east. As of yesterday, September 15, we began work here in the conference office to coordinate the recovery process. Beginning today, September 16, we will be updating the website regularly.
Yesterday, Dr. Richard Burnham and I toured the Southeast District. He had already checked out a number of churches in the
The worst winds seem to have been around the
The worst damage in the Southeast District is from the flooding in
One of the saddest sights is at Wesley UMC in
The leadership at UMCOR began planning with us before the storm, and they have continued to work with us by email and phone. Sandra Kennedy Owes will arrive in
We expect the worst damage to be in the Houston South District. Dr. Don Waddleton and I will be touring that area today. I’ll post another report tomorrow.
If you have electricity and can send us photos of damage or United Methodists involved in recovery, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d like to share them with United Methodist friends and neighbors around the world.
In the midst of all the devastation, the sense of neighbors helping neighbors is a joy to behold. Our faith that God is with us and that tomorrow will be better than yesterday is alive and well. Our gratitude for your love and support is heart felt. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Grace and peace,
Janice Riggle Huie