In recent news coverage of Church relief work in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, one TV news broadcaster said…“Of the relief forces descending on our flood-damaged city, it’s fair to say that none is bigger or more effective than the legions of volunteers bound by their Mormon faith.”
Houston – Missionaries from the Texas Houston South Mission engaged in Hurricane Harvey clean-up work take time to assist the Lutheran Village Church of Lacombe Louisiana. This ministry had come to help in the recovery by feeding the hungry regardless of who they are. Large “Free Food” signs facing Memorial Drive draw as many as 1,000 hungry souls a day.
The missionaries have worked very hard on cleanup and recovery for weeks. Both the Elders and Sisters removed floor covering, pulled off wallboard, swung hammers, rolled out wheelbarrows of debris, got messy and dirty, all to help those in need. They have truly been examples of loving your neighbor.
A heart-rending scene repeated with only slight variations throughout Houston is recounted by Julie Stanger, one of the thousands of volunteers who are helping people begin their lives again after the floods of Tropical Storm Harvey:
The Lord is with those who turn to him in prayer, often on bended knee. Many who are serving Him in Texas after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey are also finding themselves on their knees, at work salvaging homes flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey.
At Houston City Council Meeting on June 24, 2015, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was recognized as the leading contributor of volunteers and time to the cleanup following the Memorial Day flooding.