Less than two weeks ago, Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, struck Louisiana, leaving widespread destruction across the state and parts of south Texas.
While the damage will likely take years to clean up, givers and friends of NCF in Texas have swiftly mobilized to help their flood-stricken neighbors to the south.
The storm hit close to home for NCF Austin president, Ryan Assunto, who is from Beaumont, Texas and has many relatives spread out between there and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He says that he has witnessed an outpouring of generosity among his church family and his community.
“We’re seeing people ready to use their resources in all kinds of ways to make a difference,” Ryan says. “What else can you do when the Cajun Navy gets swamped out? You have to go and help.”
“What else can you do when the Cajun Navy gets swamped out? You have to go and help.”
Ryan’s brother, Trey, was one of the first to organize a local relief effort that gathered and delivered a trailer full of 40,000 cases of bottled water, 2,000 loaves of bread, as well as hundreds of cans of gas and extension cords to help power generators. Because Trey works in the oil and gas industry, he’s also working on a plan to mobilize a tanker with 4,500 gallons of fuel. Ryan’s church has made a commitment to help financially, based on the most pressing need.
Ron Watson, an NCF giver from Rockport, Texas, is also putting himself on the frontlines of disaster relief because he knows all too well the pain of hurricane recovery. When Hurricane Harvey struck Ron’s hometown three years ago, almost to the day, one of the first things he did was call Ryan to help him open a Giving Fund to mobilize funds for relief efforts in his community. Now he is eager to pay it forward. Ron has organized a group of friends from First Christian Church of Aransas Pass to return the favor and help victims of Hurricane Laura.
“We see God connecting people, inspiring his children to reach out with anything they have to give.”
“We see God connecting people, inspiring his children to reach out with anything they have to give,” says Ryan. “This is a work of the Spirit, God’s people giving abundantly from the energy and the resources they have received from him. His immeasurable love compels us to love others with generosity in action.”