Dear AHS Family,
In times of natural disaster, our nation comes together to meet the needs of people that may be suffering.
"A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world." - Ellen G. White
As Ellen White's comment highlights, it is also an opportunity for us to introduce Christ's healing ministry through our generosity. Many of you have asked where can we be the most help to those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and I have worked with members of our team to identify where our efforts can yield the greatest good.
What is most important to know is that the greatest need right now is financial support to aid in the continued evacuation of people and to deliver the services associated with that effort. In our discussions with our AHS colleagues in Texas, they made it clear that we should not be sending people or supplies to the area at this time, as this may inhibit authorities from ensuring people are moved to safe locations and out of harm's way.
If you are inclined to provide financial support, we have identified three organizations that could use the funds and have a strong track record for their stewardship of finances.
1. The American Red Cross – Texas Gulf Region – http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast
2. Christus Health – https://christuscalling.com/2017/08/28/donations-for-the-victims-of-hurricane-harvey/
3. Adventist Community Services – http://www.communityservices.org/
I would encourage anyone capable to give generously. In addition, you may pass this information along if it is helpful in the pursuit to help. Lastly, I would ask that you join with me in continued prayers for our colleagues and hospitals in Texas working in collaboration with government agencies, local non-profits, and the faith communities to deliver hope and help to those in need.
In His service.
Terry D. Shaw