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Hurricane Relief Update

| by Lakewood Church

Thursday, April 19, 2018
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The Harvey relief effort is going strong. We are committed to helping as many people as possible. As of today, we have cleaned out over 800 homes, completed rebuilding five homes from start to finish, and are currently rebuilding 31 homes.  Every home rebuilt is a life restored. This month, faithful Lakewood member Connie Hillman stepped into her newly renovated home.

Connie has been a faithful Lakewood member and volunteer since 1996 and was preparing to leave on a Lakewood mission trip when the storm hit. She sought shelter at her granddaughter's home with her suitcase of clothes she'd packed for her Botswana Missions trip. Connie couldn't have expected the scene she would witness on the news. There in the quiet living room in the aftermath, she saw her street on TV. It was the first place reporters could reach. She watched in awe at the complete devastation as boats passed her neighbor's homes. Not knowing the condition of her own home and unable to make it back, she volunteered her time at Lakewood Church to help those in immediate need. As she poured into others, little did she know that the same compassion would be poured into her in the days and months to come.

Once she returned home, she faced complete ruin. Three feet of water had been in her home. Mold had set in, and all of her belongings went to the curb for disposal, including everything in her closet. In this dark moment, she was thrilled to see Lakewood teams arrive to help. Our teams removed the flood-damaged floors and walls so the rebuild process could begin.

Despite the situation, Connie was committed to serving in Botswana. Her shoes were ruined while inspecting her home, and she left on the trip without a single pair of shoes. Our Lakewood Mission's director gave her a pair of sandals off her own feet to hold her over until they could reach a market in Africa. 

"It took a few days for me to get a pair of my own in Africa, which were too big. That's all I wore when I got back," recalls Connie.

Connie lives alone and works two jobs to make ends meet. With no flood insurance to help her recover, Lakewood was Connie's miracle. Over the course of the following months, we replaced her plumbing and electrical systems and installed brand new counter tops and flooring. We've dressed her bathroom with new tiles, and her kitchen has beautiful new cabinets and back splash. Our teams have painted her walls a fresh paint job that is color coordinated with new windows and blinds. Then her recovery story gets even sweeter.

Lakewood member Vanessa felt a stirring in her heart to buy brand new furniture for a home in need. She reached out to us, and we paired her with Connie. The two of them worked side by side and Vanessa helped make Connie's home look stunning with stylish furnishings that perfectly matched the new improvements. Connie has a brand new home fit for a showroom!

"God's love is powerful. I don't think I'll ever lose sight of God wanting the best for us. I was able to have a home that was rebuilt like brand new, not just pieced together. When I first opened the door and saw the devastation, I thought, "I can't do this by myself. God, You're going to have to help me." And now when I open the door, I say, "God, look what You did! I'm grateful in my time of need, my church came to my help with the love of Christ. Lakewood has blessed me in a way that only a church full of God's love can do. Thank God for my Lakewood family," said Connie.

Just like Vanessa, you too can personally help someone. If you want to donate and get connected with someone in need, simply reach out to [email protected] and we will can get you paired with someone who would appreciate it! Also, we have many upcoming Saturday service opportunities in May where you can help homeowners beautify their homes with landscaping. Reach out to [email protected] and we will give you more information. 

The hurricane happened at the end of last summer, but we haven't forgotten about its footprint in our community. Its catastrophic damages still linger, and our teams are working full time to repair homes and lives. We've been blessed to give millions of dollars in aid, supplies and resources, and the work continues. We are committed to making the biggest impact possible in 2018. Stay tuned for more updates of hope after the storm.

HoUSton Rebuild Mission Trips

January 8 - January 12, 2018: Registration Closed
April 16 - April 20, 2018: Registration Closed
 

Calling all Greater Houston Area Residents! Your Neighbor Needs You.

Take a week staycation and serve in our mission field, Houston, to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. You will join a team and together spend a week rebuilding homes and lives. Skilled volunteers are needed for sheetrock, taping, floating, and construction work, and anyone can help with painting, landscaping and more. 

This service opportunity is only for adults who live in the Greater Houston Area.

Transportation is available from Lakewood Church for volunteers that live a long distance from the rebuild location. Lunch, water and snacks will be provided. Daycare is not provided.

 

Shine Your Light


For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-37 (NLT)

Lakewood Church encourages its members to share the love of Christ with the Houston community through volunteerism, evangelism, and ministry.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

The Beacon Center

Homeless, not Hopeless

The Beacon Day Center provides hot meals, private shower and lavatory facilities, laundry services, and case management to people living on the streets of Houston. Volunteer opportunities include: greeting services, clothing center, food services, prayer, etc. Volunteers will meet the last Saturday each month from 10:30AM – 1:45PM. 1212 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002.

Houston Food Bank

Packaging Food for Families in Need

Join our team as we package boxes of food to families in need every 3rd Saturday of each month. To sign-up call 713-491-1270.

Street Evangelism

Sharing the Gospel with Others

Join our team as we share the Gospel with others the 1st Saturday of each month. Location varies — apartments, downtown, parks and more. To sign-up please call 713-491-1270.

Servolution

Make a mark on our city.

Every month the people of Lakewood impact Houston with a four hour Servolution event. Everybody is welcome. Sign-up online or after service at discover Lakewood on the selected dates for each event.

For more details or to sign-up for any of these opportunities, please email [email protected]

Mentoring

Help us impact the next generation

Come and make a difference in the lives of students of the Fifth Ward Community. Weekday time (1 hour / week) opportunities to serve in Elementary, Middle school and High school level. Minimum age to participate 18 years old. For more information email [email protected]

Lakewood Church Hospital Ministry has volunteer opportunities to visit, encourage and assist patients and their families in various hospitals throughout the Greater Houston Area. To volunteer, please call Liza Valdez at 713-491-1112.

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About Local Missions

Lakewood Church encourages its members to share the love of Christ with the Houston community through volunteerism, evangelism, and ministry. Regardless of your interests, spiritual gifts or talents, there is a place for you.

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
— (2 Corinthians 9:12, NIV) 

Contact

Email [email protected]