One Great Hour of Sharing
On January 23, Joshua Lawrence of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ led a group of denominational representatives from the American Baptist Churches, the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), the Church of the Brethren, Church World Services, and the United Church of Christ, to visit rehabilitation work beingdone and work that had already been done in Northeast Houston. The reps had come together as part of One Great Hour of Sharing program. These special guests gathered to share ideas visit Harvey work sites, As a result of the relationship built with HOUSTON RESPONDS Northeast Regional Network, we were able to visit a team from Vancouver, WA working alongside City Life Church and the associate minister, Randy Hill. Seeing it firsthand was both inspiring and insightful to see what is required for a true rehab. Mr. Pierre also shared his story of gratefulness after receiving help from the network. At Settegast Heights Village, visitors saw the tenant assistance and education program being run by LynnMaries Turner, an employee of the Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation. We are hoping to eventually work with and through SH Village to serve the community at large. This 4-hour crash course in recovery work inspired all to play a bigger part in the recovery effort. I am excited about the contacts, hoping that it might lead to even more ecumenical partnerships for HOUSTON RESPONDS.