September 11, 2017
Dear Hope Family,
As you are most likely aware at this point, Hurricane Irma has forced millions of Floridians to evacuate and we are finding some of these evacuees have made their way to the Memphis area. The Red Cross has activated a shelter at Mississippi BLVD Church and has reached out to Hope for assistance from our incredible volunteers to help staff the needs of the shelter. At this time, they are asking for volunteers who are able to work 4-hour shifts. If you would like to volunteer, please use this link to begin the process.
We are also continuing to take monetary donations. To make a donation use the button below:
give to relief efforts
Thank you for your constant willingness to step up and unite to help those in difficult times of need.
September 5, 2017
The outpouring of support for those who have lost so much in Houston is a demonstration of what Hope does so well, generosity in abundance! We are packing up and shipping out the shirts, underwear, socks and diapers that so many brought in. We will no longer be collecting these items. We now will be accepting monetary donations via check or online payment. Please note DISASTER RELIEF on your payment. Your checks may be left at the church office during business hours Monday-Friday, mailed (Hope Church 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38018) or left at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby during our weekend worship. You may also give using the button below.
We are monitoring Hurricane Irma and will update any efforts in the coming days.
Still lamenting and hoping...
Pastor Rufus Smith
August 30, 2017
As stated earlier this week, I have been in constant contact with partners and many colleagues at churches in the Houston area. Currently the greatest need is monetary donations, as it will most likely remain for many months to come. Several of you have already called and emailed with the desire to help continue Hope’s legacy for disaster assistance. As of today, I along with other Hope Leadership are receiving requests for immediate specific needs.
They are listed below:
Donations may be brought to Hope and left in the locations listed below:
As a church we will address providing monetary resources as our partners determine specific needs. If you would like to give financially, please make checks payable to Hope Church and note DISASTER RELIEF in the memo line. Your checks may be left at the church office during business hours Monday-Friday, mailed (Hope Church 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38018) or left at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby during our weekend worship.
Furniture, appliances and other household donations will be determined at a later date as dry storage is very minimal in Houston. As the waters recede and assessments can be made we will know better how to help and accept additional donated items.
If you have questions, please reach out to our Global Outreach Team via email at Global@HopeChurchMemphis.com.
Thank you for helping provide Hope for Houston.
Lamenting and hoping,
August 29, 2017
As we all continue to pray for the rain to stop and the waters to recede in Houston from hurricane Harvey, we want you to know that we are awaiting word from several pastors in the Houston area that Pastor Rufus has been in communication with constantly over the past several days. We are hopeful that answers will come SOON as their needs are assessed so we can rally our resources.
We will communicate through email, social media and our website what we can do to be HOPE for Houston. Below is an excerpt from an article provided by Pastor Rufus to the Commercial Appeal this week. We ask that you continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Houston and the teams of first responders.
I used to ask, "Why Lord?" As I mature, I now ask, "What Lord?"
I used to ask, "why us?" As I mature, I now ask, "why not us? Would I wish such tragedy upon others?"
The loss of life is expected to rise. Several of my Houston pastoral colleagues have been in contact with me. They said, "No one worshipped in churches Sunday. Dozens of people are being rescued by boat and military trucks, hundreds of congregants have lost every precious material possession and 8,000 people are now in Shelters.” My big sister, who is the administrator of one of Houston's largest nursing homes, has been cloistered with her 182 elderly residents since last Thursday. Every two hours peers and family are texting me as a kind of catharsis. The traumatic thought of starting over and the frayed emotions of the moment are overwhelming.
Houston is no stranger to category 3, 4 & 5 hurricanes, or high floods, but such devastation is never normalized. You can never get used to death, disability and destruction.
Sadly, the dangerous weather in Texas is a 'healthy distraction' from the deadly division in our country. Watching fellow Americans rally to respond to their hurting neighbors, illustrates that being black, white, yellow, brown, rich, poor, up, down, urbanite, suburbanite, republican, democrat, hawk or dove ALL pale in comparison to the inspiring UNITY seen in overcoming HUMAN tragedy.
Remember in 2011 when Memphis suffered its worst Flood in a generation? Well, we pulled together and made it through. Floods and deluge tend to bring out the "eagle" in people and enable us to soar above the storms of life.
Jesus said, "Great blessings belong to those who are SAD NOW. God will COMFORT them" (Matthew 5:4 Easy-to-Read Version). And, He often enlists us to assist Him in turning times of tragedy into triumph.
Pastor Rufus Smith
August 29, 2017
For more information contact our Global Ministry by emailing our global outreach department, Global@HopeChurchMemphis.com