By Aaron Earls
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey to Houston-area churches, LifeWay Christian Resources is pledging support now and continued help through the recovery process.
LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer said the organization is committed to serving churches affected by the storm and resulting flooding. Initially, that means assisting those entities on the ground now. “While we can’t begin to understand all that’s been lost, we are supporting the North American Mission Board and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Texas,” he said.
In addition, LifeWay is preparing to send Bibles to the area, according to Amy Thompson, director of corporate relations. “LifeWay has already been contacted about shipping Bibles to those dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane,” she said.
Once the flooding begins to subside and churches and pastors grasp the specifics of what was lost, LifeWay will step in with additional help. “As churches begin to recover, we will provide resources and Bibles to impacted areas through our disaster assistance program,” Rainer said.
Southern Baptist pastors affected by the storm can receive replacement resources for their library, including a set of commentaries, study tools and access to numerous digital resources.
Churches can also apply for replacement of one quarter’s worth of LifeWay-published ongoing curriculum materials. In addition, specific discounts on pew Bibles and hymnals will be available for affected churches moving forward.
Impacted pastors and churches can email DisasterAssistance@LifeWay.com. After collecting names and contact information, LifeWay will coordinate with the pastors to find the best way to provide them and their congregations with the needed resources.
Aaron Earls is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.