“And the grace of God was so powerfully at work in them all, that there were no needy persons among them.” -Acts 4:33-34
The verse above is a short description of the early church. The Holy Spirit had come, the veil was torn from top to bottom, and the Spirit of God was now functioning, speaking, and leading people in ways that the world had never seen before.
I don’t think it’s an accident that this text draws a line from the overflowing and powerful grace of God directly to the church taking care of the needs of others. It’s what reformed theology calls the gratitude from grace.
You know what’s really awesome? There are times when the church feels as fresh and brand new as I imagine that it felt then. When disaster strikes, as it has with the recent hurricanes, something long-familiar kicks in. The Body of Christ remembers who it is.
We are the hands and feet of Jesus, with the goal of there being “no needy persons among us.”
I can’t tell you how humbled I am by the responses that I am beginning to get from people who want to help with the disaster relief – both to donate items, and to explore the possibility of joining a team to go serve those in the thick of this crisis.
God will use this mess to re-create something amazing. He will use it, by using us, to help people find their way back to Him. So we are invited at this time, to join that mission in a new way. There are two ways the Fair Haven/Harbor Churches is currently responding together…
#1 – we have collection trailers at both Fair Haven and South Harbor for items that will be delivered to the American Red Cross in downtown Houston. The trailers will be open 24 hours a day until they are full. Here is a list of items that we are collecting:
- Hygiene products
- New underwear/socks
- Soaps and hand cleaners
- Diapers and baby needs
- Juices and can goods
#2 – we are in the process of gathering information for taking groups down to serve those in need in Texas/Florida. Here is an online form that you can feel free to share for anyone interested in a relief mission trip.
Brother and sisters, let’s allow the grace of God that is working so powerfully within us, to help those in need; let’s let our goal be that there “be no needy persons among us.”
Jordan Stonehouse and the Mission Team