When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, it brought incredible destruction to the areas in its path. While Beaumont was not in the path of the eye of the hurricane, we did not escape the wrath and devastation of this historic storm. Beaumont and all of the surrounding communities were left with overwhelming loses. With 40-50+ inch rainfall totals, countless homes and businesses flooded, many of which had no flood insurance because they were not in flood prone areas. Interstate 10 and Highway 69/96 are two major highways that lead out of Beaumont. These highways were covered by flood waters for several days, leaving towns surrounding Beaumont completely cut off. The only means of transportation into and out of these areas was by boat.
During this time of devastation, as roads began to open up, Victory Temple received 8 truckloads of relief items that were distributed throughout Beaumont, and the surrounding areas.
- Cleaning Supplies
- Clothing and Shoes
- Bed Linens and Towels
- Diapers, wipes, and formula
- Paper Goods
- First Aid and Hygiene Items
- Storage Containers
- Mosquito spray and sunscreen
Acts 20:35 tells us, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Members of Victory Temple, along with members of New Birth Assembly of God, Greater Good Hope Baptist Church, Christ Mission Temple, and Antioch Baptist Church worked fervently to distribute these items.
Thanks to the generosity of those who donated and delivered the supplies, innumerable families and individuals were helped by the materials. Several Ministries and Organizations were responsible for the collection and delivery of the items.
- Convoy of Hope (Assemblies of God)
- Life’s Hope (Brent Justus – Duncan, OK)
- Operation Air Drop
- Texas First Responders Fund
- Humanitarian Aid Security Forces
Due to such vast devastation, we know that restoration will be long and difficult, and some affected by the storm will be out of their homes for many months. However, we know that God is with us, and has promised never to leave us. Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
We ask that everyone would keep the entire area, affected by this storm, in your prayers in the days and months ahead.
Below is a video of our distribution, that was made by Convoy of Hope.