The September Mission of the Month is Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Flooding Response in Texas and surrounding states that have been inundated by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. The storm made landfall late on Friday August 25th and into Saturday as a category 4 hurricane, and though downgraded to tropical storm status, remains dangerous as it continues to churn inland into Texas. Damage in and near Rockport and Port Lavaca, where the storm made landfall, was catastrophic. Massive damage has been reported, and the flood event is continuing as the storm is dumping heavy rains in South Texas. The full damage assessment and death toll have yet to be determined as this is an ongoing event. The storm is forecast to continue to produce heavy rains, with serious flooding anticipated in many areas for up to a week after landfall. PDA’s mission is to work with Presbyterian leadership in affected communities and respond to requests for financial assistance in addition to the presence of the National Response Team.
PDA continues to be in touch with presbytery leadership in New Covenant, Mission, and South Louisiana Presbyteries. National Response Teams are being deployed into the affected regions when it is safe to do so. They will also be involved in long-term recovery, providing financial support and assisting Presbyterian churches and other congregations to serve as hosting sites for volunteer work teams. Please consider giving to this worthy Presbyterian mission.