Where are we going?
The area of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico, known as the Texas Gulf Coast (TGC), extends for about 400 miles from the border of Mexico to Louisiana. A geographically and culturally diverse area, the TGC is home to over 6 million people in 16 coastline counties, along with 4 million more people living directly inland. The TGC includes Houston, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and Beaumont, along with hundreds of smaller cities and towns.
Thirst Missions will be focusing on providing support and aid to Matagorda County and its surrounding areas. Matagorda County lies about 100 miles south of Houston and 140 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. It is home to 40,000 people living in small cities and hardworking agricultural communities.
What are we doing?
Starting in March 2018 and continuing in June, July, and August, Thirst Missions will host mission teams for 10 or more in the TGC. Teams will show the love of Christ by helping physically restore these small communities. The trips will be 6-day, 5-night trips, with 4 planned days of community restoration work including:
• Home Repair
• House Demolition/Gutting
• Community Restoration
• Food Pantry/Food Distribution
• Prayer Walking
• Prayer Services
• Hispanic Ministry
• Mercy Ministry (Nursing Homes)
The types of services projects for each group will depend on the skills and capabilities of team members and the specific needs in the community they serve. Lodging and food will be provided, and each group will receive an introduction and tour of the area. Thirst Missions staff will be with each team the entire time. Each trip will feature end-of-week recreational activities, as well as two evenings of local ministry.
Our goal as an organization is to provide opportunities for people to help and to maximize the effectiveness of the service provided. We pray God moves in the hearts of many to help those in need along the Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Harvey by the Numbers
• 4 – Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, 2017
• $180 billion – Estimated damage done by Harvey.
• 13 million – People affected from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
• 70 – People who have died as a result of the Hurricane as of September 9, 2017
• 3 – Times Harvey made landfall over the Gulf Coast of Texas
• 27 Trillion – Gallons of rain over Texas during a six-day period
• 51 – Inches of rainfall, a US record
• 49 – Average annual rainfall in Houston
• 85,000 – Number of people rescued
• 450,000 – Victims asking for financial assistance due to damage
• 30,000 – People needing temporary shelter
• 33 – Counties deemed federal disaster areas in Texas
– August 25, 2017, Harvey hit Rockport with 130 mph winds. The category 4 hurricane left 250,000 people without power.
– August 26, Harvey arrived in Houston and stayed four days causing two reservoirs to overflow. Highways became waterways as flooding spread to an area the size of New York City and Chicago combined that is home to 4.5 million people.
– August 29, Harvey made landfall for a third time as it hit the coastal cities of Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas (on the border of Louisiana).
The Facts on Hurricane Harvey’s Damage
– Hurricane Harvey damaged 203,000 homes, totally destroying 12,700.
– 507,000 people registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA delivered 80 semi loads of emergency supplies.
– 37,000 people stayed in shelters in Texas and 2,000 in Louisiana. Almost 7,000 people were in the George R. Brown Convention Center, where 1,700 received medical treatment. FEMA put 14,900 in temporary housing.
– Federal forces rescued 10,000 people who were trapped in their homes or on flooded highways. A flotilla of private boats known as the Cajun Navy rescued an unknown number of additional victims. The Houston Police Department’s Dive Team rescued 3,000 people in four days.
– Houston’s school district closed 75 of its 275 schools due to flood damage. The district is the nation’s seventh largest.
– In the Gulf area, 1 million vehicles were ruined beyond repair.
The rainfall from Harvey was a once-in-a-thousand-year flood event as over 50 inches of rain fell in a few days. Harvey was the largest flood event in the US in modern recorded history.
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