Pastors’ Update 09-20-2019

Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!

This has been another disastrous week of weather in the US! Devastating rain has soaked Southeast Texas and is moving East! Over 40 inches of rain has fallen in some areas east of Houston, causing major flooding and property damage. The National Hurricane Center reported it is monitoring 11 (that’s right – ELEVEN!) major storm systems potentially threatening the Caribbean, Mexico, and the US, over the next several days! Some of these storms could become hurricanes or cyclones. This storm season has been one of the the worst in history!

The Center reported yesterday that "Humberto hit Bermuda with winds up to 132 mph, people in parts of Texas are treading water after the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dumped three feet of rainfall, and Jerry became a hurricane. It’s been a wild 24 hours in the tropics."

Also, please continue to remember those folks who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian. As I reported last week, we heard from the few members we have in the Grand Bahamas and they are “OK”. But, they suffered property damage. Mr. Franks wrote the following to the ministry: 

" As you know, Hurricane Dorian recently tore through the Caribbean and then up the East Coast of the U.S., all the way to Newfoundland in Canada. There was widespread damage and loss of life. There are still more than 2,000 people missing in the Bahamas.

Several have inquired about donating to help the brethren in the areas that were most affected. They have asked if we have a special fund to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

In COGWA, we have a standard International Fund that was begun several years ago in the wake of the typhoon that struck the Philippines. It is more efficient for us to maintain one central fund to assist the brethren whenever there is a storm or other natural disaster, rather than setting up unique, restricted funds after each incident. Most recently, we sent funds to Kenya to help the brethren there in wake of a severe drought that has led to food shortages.  

If you would like to make a donation specifically for areas outside the U.S. that have special needs, such as those affected by Hurricane Dorian, you may send donations to the “International Fund,” and they will be used to assist our brethren whenever we have these disasters. You can donate online by using the drop-down menu on COGWA’s donation page and selecting the entry for “International Fund.” Or you may send checks to the regular COGWA donation address and designate on your check that the funds are to go to the “International Fund.” Thank you for your generosity and desire to help the brethren from around the world."

I will be traveling to McKinney, Texas, this coming week for a Foundation Outreach International Board meeting. We will be selecting board officers and discussing FOI projects, both past and future. Your prayers for a successful meeting and safe travels for all board members would be much appreciated.