Disaster Assistance

Responding to Dangerous Heat
The extreme temperatures Houston is experiencing are uncomfortable for most people, but for the homeless and underserved, the heat can be lethal. Be sure to check on your elderly neighbors, people who do not have central air, and pets left outside, and be extra diligent to make sure everyone is out of the car before locking up. 
 
Several of our local partners serve those who suffer more greatly from the heat: Star of Hope’s Outreach Teams would love to receive hats/caps, ChapStick, sunscreen, and Pedialyte/Gatorade to distribute to the 150+ people they serve on the streets daily. Hope bags and snack items are always needed as well. Donations can be dropped off at the Welcome Center or Missions office with a note for Star of Hope. Contributions to Star of Hope and their street outreach can be made on the Star of Hope Donations Page.
Responding to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis
Our hearts are broken and overwhelmed as we watch the horror and suffering of the people fleeing the war on Ukraine. The body of Christ is called to respond. 

We are filled with hope and thanks for our Mission Partners and friends working in Ukraine. Please watch the video below that highlights some of their work, and continue to keep them in your prayers. For more ways to help, see the specific prayers and Partner Giving links beneath the video. 


Prayers
 
Please pray for: the women, children, elderly and vulnerable individuals fleeing Ukraine to nearby countries such as Poland, the brave men and women staying behind to fight for their country, and the individuals and organizations who are and will be coming alongside and serving the refugees. And pray for a miraculous change of hearts so that peace can occur.
Financial Needs
The financial need will be immense to provide emergency shelter, food, water, and medical care for the over 4.4 million refugees who have fled Ukraine and 6.5 million who are internally displaced to date (4/7/22). Partners and friends in the region who are already serving the needs of the refugees are: 
 
 

Priority Mission Partner, Pioneers has a base in Poland with team members at the border to welcome and assist refugees. 

Priority Mission partner, Teen Challenge Romania, are assisting with shelter and relocation services for refugees. 

Mission Partner, Samaritan’s Purse, is responding to healthcare needs through the establishment of several field hospitals. 

Mission Partners, Jeremy and Catherine Merillat with CRU Hungary, are ministering to and helping transport refugees. 

The Merillats are long-time friends of FPC, and are supported by FPC for their ministry with CRU. Catherine (then Catherine Swaffer) served on staff with our Children’s and Youth Ministry before she was called to ministry overseas
in Hungary eight years ago.  Originally focused on student ministry with CRU, their work is now focused on family ministry. With the war in Ukraine, they are shifting some ministry to include responding to the growing refugee population in Hungary. They have already spent many days and hours helping transport Ukrainians and providing supplies and relief to those who have endured so much.

Pathways for Little Feet’s global partner, Lifesong, supports orphans who have aged out of orphanages and are now living in transitional homes. Sadly, in Chernigiv, Ukraine, one of Lifesong’s farms which Pathways for Little Feet partners with, Farm 2, was bombed eight times. By God’s grace, everyone is safe and unharmed. However, there has been damage to the
buildings, bridges, greenhouses, and berry fields. Pathways for Little Feet has a matching pledge for contributions received for repairs at the farm and humanitarian relief.  Lifesong staff are responding to the great need in their country even with their own suffering. An update from them: 

“Our team in Chernigiv (near the farm outside of Kyiv) is doing some amazing things and some carefully optimistic progress in delivering supplies- generators and fuel, food and medication, and drinking water. Both of the bridges to Chernigiv are destroyed, and we are using boats for deliveries. This is an unbelievable Team!  Regarding the second farm outside of Kharkiv: Our large white bus (Kharkiv) has joined the convoy to Mariupol. They are waiting for a green light to move forward to join the evacuation efforts of the people of Mariupol (an occupied city in southeast Ukraine) where 100,000 people are trapped living in acute misery and distress. This is the city where the maternity hospital was bombed.”

 
FPC’s Missions staff will be working with these and other partners to provide up-to-date information as it evolves. To give to FPC’s Missions Disaster/Crisis designated fund, click hereTo give directly to our partners’ efforts, visit their websites from the links below: 
 

Please Specify Missionary/ Project Account #150832

Please Specify “Europe – Romania” in the dropdown and comment “Ukraine Response” 

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9