Part of the mission of GoServ Global is to “Share God’s love by responding to disaster”, as we have done many times in the last six years. Hurricane Harvey, which recently battered southeast Texas with torrential rains, presents another opportunity for GoServ Global’s amazing volunteers and donors to respond with God’s love once again.
The devastation from the flooding in Houston and surrounding areas is truly catastrophic due to more than 50 inches of rain. Pictures and videos I have seen show widespread flooding and damage, and I am expecting recovery efforts to last many months.
A common response is for relief teams to immediately converge on the disaster area. This can be counterproductive. Relief efforts will not be able to start in earnest until the flood waters recede and the experts have a chance to better assess where the relief efforts are most needed and what those relief efforts should consist of.
GoServ Global is currently assessing the situation to determine our best response. We want to ensure that we meet both spiritual and emotional needs, as well as, physical needs. And we want to seek God’s direction on what is going to be the best way to share His love.
We have begun contacting people we know in the Houston area who will be able to tell us what the greatest needs will be. Our action plan for disaster relief will depend on the information we receive from those in the immediate affected areas. Among some of the actions we are considering include the following:
- Sending a disaster relief team to the Houston area
- Collecting donations of food and other dry goods as we have a volunteer who is willing to drive a semi load of supplies to Houston
- Accepting donations of money to establish a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund
As we formulate a plan, we will be communicating that to you with another update. In the meantime, we ask you to pray for GoServ Global as we make relief plans and ask you begin to consider how you might be able to assist with the disaster relief efforts.
If you feel called to donate, please visit http://goservglobal.org/give/ & Choose “Hurricane Harvey” in the dropdown.
Paul van Gorkom
GoServ Global Ambassadors Joel & Linda Zwiefel are selling farm-fresh Colorado peaches to support GoServ Global!! These wonderful peaches are hand-picked and ripened in the orchard, not in the truck or on the store shelf. They go from the tree to the box to the cooler in one operation!
IF YOU LIVE IN ALGONA, IOWA: the First United Methodist Church will be taking orders and the peaches will be delivered to you for pickup on August 21. Proceeds will be used for their food packaging event for Haiti.
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF ALGONA: the Zwiefels will be taking orders & delivering them to your town on the 21st or 22nd. Proceeds will help GoServ Global’s Domestic Disaster Relief. This is the first year they will be selling to surrounding areas and the Zwiefels would like a contact person in each town (Garner, Eagle Grove, Albert City, etc.). Please contact the Zwiefels if you can help with this (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call/text 515-320-1615.
Full boxes are around 20 pounds and are roughly 40 peaches @ $40
1/2 boxes are around 10 pounds and roughly 20 peaches @ $24
ORDERS ARE DUE BY AUGUST 12th.
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We heard from Sunny this morning that Orissa, India – specifically the Rayagada District – has received heavy rains resulting in flooding. Roads & bridges are washed away and many homes are ruined. Approximately 40,000 people are affected by the floods, including many pastors who serve in the tribal regions. The rains aren’t expected to slow down until after July 20th.
Sunny is thankful to report that the water is draining from his boarding school, but that is not the case for so many in the area. Please keep Sunny and India in your prayers.
To help those affected from the floods,
- Donate at http://goservglobal.org/give
- Choose India Projects in the dropdown
- Check the box for Additional Instructions and write Flood.
Inheritance Church in Guatemala recently installed Sam Linares as the Interim Pastor! Sam will serve in this role until the church has a governing body and membership to call and vote on a permanent full-time lead pastor. This is a huge milestone for Inheritance Church and a great blessing!
The church continues to meet regularly on Sunday & Wednesday evenings with bible study through the week. The church has also put together a worship band this.
In this video, John Pipes of International Messengers introduces the area that GoServ Global intends to build a refugee camp utilizing Safe T Homes! We’re waiting for final approval from the Ugandan government to begin this project.
To donate, visit goservglobal.org/give & choose “Uganda Refugee Camp” in the dropdown.
MUM church plant in northern Uganda
Posted by John Pipes on Thursday, July 13, 2017
Ever wonder how a song comes together? Check out the story and exclusive video behind the making of Kenbe Pye Jezi from Rivenson Dige‘s album! – with GoServ Global and the Centre de Vie Les Assemblées de Dieu worship team.
Sponsorship is one of the best ways to impact a child! GoServ Global has many children in India and Haiti in need of a sponsor. Your sponsorship provides housing, food, clothing, medical care, and education.
And we’ve made it easy to set up an automatic withdrawal each month through our website!
Consider changing the life of a child TODAY – http://goservglobal.org/sponsor-a-child-2/
Check out the latest blog post from Pastor Rivenson of the Centre de Vie Church in Haiti sharing about a song on his first album at Matchlight Records!