As a result of the flooding in Houston, most major churches have canceled their services. Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood church, for instance, which seats almost 17,000 people, is inaccessible due to flooding. But this doesn't mean that Christians are staying home. Rather, many Christians have taken to the streets to help those who are suffering from the flooding.
According to Christianity Today, several churches located on higher ground actually served as temporary shelters, or meeting points, for evacuees.
"Nine churches in the Houston area served as temporary shelters for the city until survivors could be moved safely to other venues, such as the downtown convention center where officials are coordinating relief efforts," writes CT. "One of them, Fallbrook Church in north Houston, has already transported all of its evacuees and closed."
Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, a former faith adviser to George W. Bush, announced that his church will begin sheltering residents. And the Episcopal church will soon deploy spiritual care teams to walk the hardest-hit areas, and will deliver Home Deport gift cards as well as pastoral care to victims. Not only that, but dozens of churches have launched websites where people can request relief, volunteer, donate, and mobilize to help victims.
CT reports that Christian communities are on the ground before FEMA, since faith-based organization are already located in the area.
In recent news, a former Texas government has commented on Christians in the Harvey disaster.