Support Needed for Churches, Families in Texas

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TULSA, OK (September 18, 2008) – Garth Bolinder, superintendent of the Midsouth Conference of the Evangelical Covenant church, is appealing to churches in the conference to donate relief funds to help pay for basic necessities in the Houston area and Beaumont, Texas.

“It is a dire situation down there, so let’s be generous to help our friends,” Bolinder says.

“There is a significant need for food staples,” Bolinder says. Items such as milk, bread, and bottled water still are almost impossible to find in much of Houston and Beaumont.

Faith Community Covenant Church in Houston and its pastor, Bryan Beaver, are organizing a relief effort to help the people who are suffering in that city, both in Covenant congregations and in the community, Bolinder says. (See related story on Beaver’s efforts elsewhere in the online Covenant news report).

Bolinder encourages conference churches to take a special offering this Sunday or to contribute money from their benevolence fund. Individuals also may send gifts.

The Midsouth office will collect and receipt all the donations given for hurricane relief.  Funds may be sent to the Midsouth Conference, Evangelical Covenant Church, 6119 E. 91st St., Suite 200, Tulsa, OK, 74137.

Funds will be distributed to Beaver and other Covenant relief efforts.

Bolinder also asks that Covenanters remember the needs of individuals in La Villa, Texas, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Dolly last July. Many homes of congregation members were destroyed or suffered severe damage.

Covenant Merge Ministries is looking for volunteers to assist with construction and major repairs of homes belonging to the members of the church, which is the oldest Spanish-speaking congregation in the denomination.

To read about the needs in La Villa, see Iglesia Evangelica Misionera.

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