Hurricane Disaster Relief Update-  October 6

The Greenwich Hurricane Response Mission Team is now complete and will begin their work in Key West, Florida on Monday, October 16. Two team members will begin their journey on Saturday, October 14, driving the relief supplies donated by the Greenwich Community to the Florida Keys, with remaining 6 members arriving via Fort Lauderdale Airport, then to the Keys on Monday as well. The team hopes to distribute all of the relief supplies including buckets of work tools during the early part of the week.   Our team will partner with Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Response, serving as our hands and feet on the ground in Key West. They are hosted by Glad Tidings Chapel, Key West, Florida, and will be doing demolition and repairs on homes and business damaged by Hurricane Irma. The teams’ work will be directed by Samaritan’s Purse. The team plans to return to Greenwich late on the evening of Friday, October 20.   As we are “Serve as Senders”, part of our responsibility is to offer encouragement, moral support and prayers for them as they will experience an intense work schedule, visit with and witness to the storm victims.

The outpouring of gifts, supplies, and financial support has been beyond expectations. Again, thank you Greenwich Church family. In the near future, we will begin planning to follow up with a “rebuilding” trip to one of the Hurricane affected areas. Please continue to pray and support our missionaries, mission partners, missions programs and our Global and Local Missions Committees.

Help with packing of the rental truck will also be needed next week. Times for packing have not been determined as of this time. If you can help at anytime next week, contact Mike Simms, bg.mikesimms@gmail.com or 703-887-8658.


Assistance to Puerto Rico


Thanks to the generous contributions to Hurricane Relief by the Greenwich Community, in addition to sending 8 missionaries to Key West Florida the week of October 16, we are also glad to announce that your donations have made it possible to provide assistance to Puerto Rico. Manuel Gonzalez, friend of Greenwich Church is traveling to his home in the mountains of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 4, to assist with recovery efforts near his hometown and surrounding community. No electricity, no potable water, little fuel if any, limited bank withdrawals and lack of communications are making life without cash very challenging a best.

Greenwich Church has provided funds to Manuel that will be used in the recovery efforts as he may determine, while he will be eyes, hands and feet on the ground in the coming days.

Pray for safe travel, comfort, strength and courage as he makes his journey back to his homeland.

 

 Mike Simms presents Manuel Gonzalez with donations made

possible by the generous members of the Greenwich Church community.


Disaster Response

Greenwich has several ways our church family can participate in a meaningful and strategic response to the recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of Texas, Florida, and other states:

  1. Please pray for the safety and care of those affected by the storm and for all Christians who are serving in hurricane response, sharing the good news of Jesus as they deliver resources and offer material support. 
  1. Give to Greenwich Relief:  If you would like to make a financial donation to our relief efforts, all contributions are designated for emergency supplies for churches & individuals in disaster areas or for expenses & supplies for short-term mission teams from Greenwich. You can donate on our website or make checks payable to Greenwich Pres, Memo: "Disaster Relief." 
  1. Short-Term Mission Teams:  We are in conversation with local churches & organizations in Texas & Florida who will host teams for relief & rebuilding projects. If you would like to consider joining a mission team from Greenwich in the coming weeks and months, please contact Mike Simms (bg.mikesimms@gmail.com, 703.887.8658). 
  1. Give to Relief Organizations: We encourage you to donate as you are led to any organization doing great relief work. Here are two Christian organizations with a good track record that are well-equipped and on the ground offering emergency assistance to those in need right now:

Austin Disaster Relief Network

www.adrn.org/give

Churches of Greater Austin Bringing Hope into Crisis.

World Vision

donate.worldvision.org/hurricane-harvey-disaster-relief 

We are a Christian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. For good.

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:16