Helping Our Neighbors in North Texas
THE LATEST UPDATE:
In minutes, the tornados that recently ripped through North Texas carved their destructive path through businesses, homes and lives. The road to recovery will take much longer for storm victims to travel. Thanks to the generosity of our church family, Stonebriar is able to walk that road with those in need.
Our church has collected more than $47,000 dollars to meet the immediate physical needs of people impacted by the storm. Stonebriar has made those funds available to a network of local churches through C3 Rowlett.
C3 Rowlett is a small church with a big heart for showing Christ’s compassion. Located minutes from some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the city, C3 Rowlett opened their doors to house storm victims and has been a rallying point for their city. The funds we have committed to C3 Rowlett encourage them and allow them to remain on the front lines of ministry to their neighbors.
This weekend, emergency response organizations like the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse will pack up their teams in Garland, Rowlett, and other areas hit by the storms. Soon after, the news crews will lose interest and the next big story will grab our city’s attention. As the national crews roll out and the television lights dim—that is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and let our light shine as the body of Christ. What a privilege to show Jesus’ unfailing love.
Thank you, Stonebriar family, for your timely, generous response to those in need. Stay ready for more ways we can bring hope and help to our neighbors in the days ahead.
Stonebriar Community Church Tornado Relief and Recovery
The recent flooding rains and tornadoes that struck on Saturday, December 26, 2015 have taken a devastating toll on many of our neighbors in the DFW metroplex. The loss of 11 lives and hundreds of destroyed homes is heartbreaking.
Our staff and elders are in contact with Lake Pointe Church, First Baptist Rowlett, other churches, city officials, and a few of those who have been affected by the recent tragedy in the Garland & Rowlett and other area communities. We have reached out with comfort and offers of assistance, and we are currently assessing how Stonebriar Community Church can help further.
Here are some ways we can help now:
We believe that prayer is our first and best response in times of distress. Please continue to lift up the families of those who have lost loved ones, those who have been injured and displaced, as well as those who have lost their homes and possessions. Pray for the first responders, emergency and recovery organizations currently on site, city officials, and church congregations in those immediate areas. Pray for compassion and wisdom in responding to all those who have been affected.
Give & Donate
Our Benevolence Ministry is currently the best way our Body can demonstrably respond and provide for those affected. We anticipate over the coming days, weeks, and months to have more opportunities to help and provide. Our staff and elders will continue to respond and seek out families and churches that we can help through our Benevolence Ministry. Click here to give online.
You can also refer someone to our Benevolence Ministry by having them complete a Benevolence Application (click here to download and print the document), then turn it in to the church office.
Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall is still collecting gift cards in $50 increments from Walmart, Target, and Home Depot. You can mail gift cards or drop them off at the church. Click here for a map and directions.
Lake Pointe Church: Since they have communicated with over 600 families in the affected area and have directly served over 200 people with basic needs, they have a group of volunteers ready to help with the initial clean-up once they are allowed in the area. Click here to sign up and volunteer with Lake Pointe Church.
At present, only trained volunteers with credentialed emergency organizations are being allowed into the areas. If and when basic volunteers are needed in the areas, we will make the information available through ProjectServe. We remain alert for opportunities to organize and send teams from Stonebriar to help. As we have learned from helping in past disasters (Moore, Oklahoma and Hurricane Katrina Recovery), these opportunities often arise later in the recovery process.
World Vision has sent hygiene kits, family food packs, blankets and clothing to churches and local partners in Garland from their disaster supply warehouse in Grand Prairie. World Vision has also responded in recent days to other places hit hard by severe weather, including northern Mississippi and southwestern Georgia. You can currently donate to World Vision to help replenish their warehouse in Grand Prairie.
The cities of Garland, Glenn Heights, and Rowlett have set up sites to help in the recovery. Give to organizations that are currently responding with trained teams that have been granted access to these communities, such as Samaritan's Purse, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and Texas Baptist Men.
Thank you for loving, caring, and praying for our neighbors. Please check back soon for updates.