The transient nature of our earthly homes. The pre-eminence of our relationship with God. The importance of witnessing in any circumstance. The centrality of helping others with no strings attached. These are some of the spiritual lessons some Seventh-day Adventist members who were in the path of Hurricane Harvey say they learned since the monster storm hit southeast Texas, United States, in late August.
“Even amidst the devastation and loss here in the greater Houston Area, we have seen the hand of God at work!” said Carlos Craig, president of the Texas Conference. While he acknowledged eight churches took on water and The Oaks Christian School was severely flooded, he was glad to report no loss of life among church members. And he said he felt refreshed after witnessing how members went out of their way to assist those in need.
“The opportunity for our churches to serve the communities they reside in has been glorious to watch! God is good all the time, even in the midst of trials,” he said.
A Hurricane Named Harvey
The first major hurricane to make landfall in the US since 2005, Hurricane Harvey caused not only destruction to homes but catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas on Aug 25. According to various weather reports, in a four-day period, some areas in eastern Texas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain. With peak accumulations of 51.88 inches (1,318 mm), Harvey caused hundreds of thousands of homes to be flooded and dozens of deaths. According to several reports, more than 30,000 people were displaced.
Harvey also caused catastrophic inland flooding in the Greater Houston metropolitan area, where millions of people live. The hurricane is considered by some experts to be the worst disaster in Texas history, with losses estimated to be from 70 to 190 billion US dollars. Recovery is expected to take many years.