BBNJ COVID 19 Relief Updates

2021 COVID19
印度/泥泊爾地區賑災工作報告
Relief Work in BBNJ Region: Field Update

September, 2021 Update 15
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July 28, 2021 Update 14
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July 18, 2021 Update 13
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July 18, 2021 Update 12
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July 7, 2021 Update 11
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July 4, 2021 Update 10
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July 3, 2021 Update 9
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June 24, 2021 Update 8
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June 24, 2021 Update 7
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June 24, 2021 Update 6
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June 11, 2021 Update 5
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June 11, 2021 Update 4
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June 5, 2021 Update 3
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June 2, 2021 Update 2
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May 25, 2021 Update 1
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印度/尼泊爾BBNJ地區賬災工作

最新消息 Updates 

自新冠病毒疫情在印度地區迅速蔓延,我們便一直尋求參與援助的管道,減輕當地人民疫情之苦。結果,我們得知能夠通過美南浸信會海外傳道部(下簡稱“IMB”)的宣教同工和他們的事工夥伴,把救濟物資送到受疫情嚴重影響的居民。
由於這次新冠病毒在醫療上帶來高度的挑戰,很多援助工作都集中在治療病人方面, 但我們也得知有其它方面的援助也是極為迫切需要, IMB也向我們介紹了在印度東北部和尼泊爾地區人民的需要。這個地區的人口大約2.34億,自2020年因醫療方面的缺乏、地區封鎖、失業,以至民不聊生。我們的計畫是向當地主內弟兄姐妹信徒及未信耶穌的居民派發救濟物資, 讓他們在這艱難的時刻感受到基督的愛和憐憫。
就此計畫,我們定下了4萬美元的籌款目標。
在2021年5月6日,我們把這個把基督的愛帶到印度東北部和泥泊爾地區的疫情援助計畫公佈了,縱然那時很多教會還未恢復實體聚會, 信徒還未能方便定期把十一奉獻及其它捐獻送到教會,但我們卻得到多間教會、牧者、個別信徒熱烈的回應及寄來的捐獻。這完全是神的作為,在祂子民心中作的感動工作,燃起對需要幫助的人群憐憫的心。
直至2021年6月13日, 約開始籌款的一個多月,我們從多間教會及個別信徒共籌得 $70,215美元,到今天還陸陸續續收到其它捐獻支票。 感謝神!您們滿溢的慷慨正彰顯出神對我們信徒的慷慨,就像使徒保羅在哥林多後書8章9節裡提醒哥林多教會信徒:「你們知道我們主耶穌基督的恩典。他本來富足,卻為你們成了貧窮,叫你們因他的貧窮,可以成為富足。」這次籌得的捐獻已經全數轉到IMB,用在購買援助物資上,行政費用分文不取。
如有感動捐獻,請在支票抬頭上寫上 Chinese Baptist Fellowship,並請備註 India COVID-19,把支票寄往:

CBF
P.O. Box 1393
Monterey Park, CA. 91754
(請寫上回郵地址,方便我們把扣稅收據寄給你。)

India/Nepal BBNJ Cluster COVID-19 Disaster Relief


Ever since we heard about the Covid-19 pandemic raging in India, we have been exploring ways through which we can lend a helping hand to help alleviate the human suffering there. We found such an agency in the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (IMB) which has personnel and national partners on the ground to channel aid to the people most affected by the pandemic.
Because of the medical nature of the pandemic, everyone was focused on providing medical relief, but we are aware that there are other areas of need that are just as pressing. Upon the recommendation of the IMB, we were directed to the Northeastern part of India and Nepal. This area, which has a population of 234 million people, was hard hit by the lack of medical services, lock downs and unemployment since 2020 which have caused tremendous hardship to the people there. The plan was to distribute ration relief packages to the families there to show Christ’s love and compassion for them and to stand with our brothers and sisters and the people during their hour of need.
For this, we committed to raise $40,000 for the relief efforts.
When word got out about this gesture of Christ’s compassion to India and Nepal on May 6, 2021, pas-tors, churches and individuals responded in a huge way. Despite many churches not completely opened for in-person worship and fundraising activities posed some challenges when churches themselves did not have their regular tithes and offering collection on Sundays, funds began to flow in. It was solely the work of God as He worked in the hearts of His people and stirred their compassion for others in need.
As of June 13, 2021, a little over a month of our start date, churches and individuals have given a total of $70,215 towards the Fund and churches have indicated that more funds are on the way. We praise God for this outpouring of generosity which reflected the generosity of God to all of us, when the apostle Paul reminded the believers in Corinth in their giving, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (II Corinthians 8:9) All of the funds collected have been sent to the IMB and there were no administration fees charged.
To give, please send your check payable to the CHINESE BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP with memo “India COVID -19” and send to:
CBF
P.O. Box 1393
Monterey Park, CA. 91754
(We will send the tax-deductible receipt to the return address as indicated.)

Acknowledgements from Some Recipients

非常感謝貴會經過 Houston Chinese.Baptist Church 轉寄來送給我們的救災奉獻$600支票一張!為你們的愛心與關心,我們感謝主!我們會謹慎小心地使用這筆款項來幫助支付重建我們家園的費用。
願主加添賜福、使用你們,堅定你們手所做的工!祝新年更蒙恩!
同在主愛裡,

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As we remember the gift that God gave in the birth of His Son, Jesus, we remember and want to thank you for offering gifts during our family’s time of challenges with the flooding.

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敬爱李牧师:
您好,我们家在哈维飓风后经历了洪灾,我们不是洪水区,所以没有买洪水保险。感谢神的恩慈,水灾后,浸信会的弟兄姊妹们来家里帮忙,清理湿墙,让我们住到家里,实在让我们陪感温暖,上星期我们又收到了浸联会的600元支票,这是会众的心意,是上帝让我们互相友爱互相资助,再次见证荣耀神的时刻,感谢美加联会,再次赞美感谢神。祝你周末愉快!

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李牧师
你好!谢谢你们汇来的支票,元旦前收到美加浸联会寄给我的支票,深表感谢。这次休斯顿的大风和大水淹没我家的房子,至今还没有修复。
但我们得到了在主里面家人的关怀和帮助,是主的爱和福音让我们感受到了温暖。再一次感谢美加浸联会和李牧师的关心和帮助。谢谢

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谢谢美加浸信联会给我们家的康慨礼物!家里被淹了虽然是一件让人烦恼,忧虑的事,但是我很感恩一路走来,都有主的恩典和保守。主同在!

Report on Fund Raising for Disaster Relief 籌款賑災- 報告

By the grace of God and the love and concern of brothers and sisters in the Chinese Baptist family, we have received a total of $28,117.00 towards the Disaster Relief Fund.
This sum will be distributed to our brothers and sisters and seekers in our Chinese Baptist churches in the Houston area who will not be able to be home for Christmas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Each of the 38 families will receive $600 as our Christmas Gift for them. One Pastor family will receive $5,000. This week, Pastors and Deacons in their respective churches will make the presentation to each family on behalf of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the US and Canada
To each of them, identified by Pastors in their respective churches, we send our love as we stand in solidarity with them in their hour of need. May the Gift of God Himself in Jesus Christ be their peace and portion during this Christmas. God loves them and we love them too!
We thank God for the leaders of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of Texas in partnering with us in this expression of God’s love and Ministry of Grace.
To those in the churches who have contributed towards the Fund, “Thank you for your gift that keeps on giving through the lives of those who are touched by your love.”
To God be the Glory!

Rev. Amos Lee, Executive Director
December 18 2017

籌款賑災- 報告
藉著神的恩典和華人浸信會家內兄弟姊妹的愛心與關懷,「美加華人浸信會聯會」成立的「賑災基金」共收到 $28,117.00。
這筆款項將分發給休士頓地區因颶風哈維失去家園而無法回家過聖誕之華人浸信會兄弟姊妹和慕道朋友。他們共有38個家庭。每個家庭會收到$600作為聖誕禮物; 有一位牧者的家庭會獲得$5000。各教會的牧者將代表「美加華人浸信會聯會」將款項送給自己教會需要援助的家庭。
對於每一位受颶風哈維影響的弟兄姊妹,我們深切關注。在他們這災難的時刻,我們華人的浸信會兄弟姊妹定必團結一致,給予支援。
在這聖誕節期間,
願神賜下基督耶穌為禮物
成為他們心裡極大的平安和福份。
上帝愛他們,我們也愛他們!
感謝神,「德州華人浸信會」的領袖們與我們一起在這支援的事上同工,向受災的人表達神的愛。
對於那些為「賑災基金」捐款的教會,“感謝你們愛心的禮物,觸動了很多人的生命,讓愛心繼續傳遞不止息!”
榮耀歸與神!
總幹事李英柏牧師
2017年12月18日

UPDATE on Fund Raising for Disaster Relief

 

UPDATE on Fund Raising for Disaster Relief

We are happy to announce that by the grace of God and the love and concern of brothers and sisters in the Chinese Baptist family, we have received a total of $28,117.00 towards the Disaster Relief Fund.

This sum will be distributed to our brothers and sisters and seekers in our Chinese Baptist churches in the Houston area who would not be able to be home for Christmas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Each of the 38 families will receive $600 as our Christmas Gift for them. One Pastor family will receive $5,000. Pastors in their respective churches will make the presentation to each family on behalf of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the US and Canada.

To each of the recipients, identified by Pastors in their respective churches, we send our love as we stand in solidarity with them in their hour of need.

May the Gift of God Himself in Jesus Christ be their peace and portion during this Christmas.
God loves them and we love them too!

We thank God for the leaders of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of Texas in partnering with us in this expression of God’s love.

To those in the churches who have contributed towards the Fund:

“Thank you for your gift that keeps on giving through the lives of those who are touched by your love.”

Pastor Amos Lee, Executive Director.

派志願者來休斯頓應付救災工作
Sending volunteers to assist disaster relief effort in Houston, TX

冼志儉牧師致李英柏牧師的信
A letter from Rev. Jeremy Sin, North American Mission Board, to Rev. Amos Lee

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李牧師:

徳州風災水淹,為休斯頓地區帶來極大破壞和傷害,救災工作需要大量志願者。休斯頓第一浸信會在未來數月中每個禮拜預備為150 名志願者提供住宿和伙食,和分派工作。

懇請鼓勵華人教會考慮差派志願者來應付這迫切的需要,並抓住這服事和傳福音的機會?最早可以下周就參加。

以下是一些風災的資料並回應這些需要的一些具體方法。如有問題,請與我聯絡。

謝謝!

Dear Pastor Lee:

The storm in Florida has caused many to forget the urgent need for volunteer teams in Houston. Houston’s First Baptist Church is prepared to receive, house, feed and deploy 150 volunteers every week over the next months.

Could you let Chinese churches in your area to consider sending volunteers as early as next week to meet this pressing need and opportunity?

Below are some details and ways to response. I am ready to answer your questions or point you in the right direction for answers.

Thanks,
Jeremy Sin
National Church Planting Catalyst
North American Mission Board
W: 770.410.6253 | C: 678.234.9020
NAMB.net


北美宣教部為你教會提供參與因颶風哈維所帶來的災害的救災機會。
請在 www.sendrelief.net/Harvey 報名

基本數字:

  • 數以萬計的人需要幫助 (約 180,000 間房屋受水淹)
  • 數以百計的教會需要幫助 (在水災地區有 2,000 所美南浸信教會)

已到位的基礎設施:

  • 住宿在教會,有些地方提供行軍床 (你可以攜帶行軍床或單人之充氣床褥)
  • 北美宣教部會提供 (膳食、淋浴安排、工作和工具 -如可以的話你可帶同你自己的工具。)
  • 你自己負責交通 (旅程的來回及當地的交通)
  • 無需經驗和訓練。當你到達時就地提供訓練。
  • 在需要時在工地會有人提供指導。

服事機會

  • 為房屋和教堂清除泥漿
    • 評估需要;搬走家具、電器、地板、家居用品、灰板,和絕緣品等。
  • 隊長: 熟練工程承包商,已受訓之救災領袖
    • 督導志願者隊伍
  • 工地支援
    • 協助行政、盤點、庫存,和後勤工作。
    • 廚房支援,預備膳食、清理和清潔盤碗等。
  • 情緒和靈性關懷
    • 聆聽並安慰傷痛的人,合宜地分享只有在耶穌基督才有的盼望。
  • 參加福音對話挑戰– (GC – 60)
    • 與人進行福音對話
    • 藉分享你的福音對話,鼓勵其他信徒

報名 www.sendrelief.net/Harvey
聯絡中心: 800-634-2462

Send Relief has an opportunity for your church to respond to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey
Sign up at www.sendrelief.net/Harvey

Basic Stats:

Thousands of people need help (approximately 180,000 homes flooded)
Hundreds of churches need help (almost 2,000 SBC churches in the flood area)

Infrastructure in place:

  • Sleep in churches, cots provided at some locations (you may bring cots or single air mattresses)
  • Send Relief will provide (meals, showers, work assignments, and tools-bring your own if possible.)
  • Travel is your responsibility (to and from your home and while here)
  • No experience/training necessary. Onsite orientation provided once you arrive
  • Leadership will be onsite to provide any instruction needed

Ministry Opportunities

  • Mud-out homes and churches
    • Assess needs; remove furniture, appliances, flooring, household items, sheetrock, insulation, etc.
  • Team leaders: Skilled contractors, Trained disaster leadership
    • Supervise volunteer work teams
  • Site Support
    • Assist in administration, inventory, warehouse, logistics
    • Kitchen support Preparing meals, cleaning, washing dishes, etc.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care
  • Provide a shoulder to cry on, hear their story, and share the hope that is found only in Christ appropriately
  • Participate in the Gospel Conversations Challenge – (GC – 60)
    • Have a Gospel Conversation with someone
    • Encourage other believers by sharing about your Gospel Conversation

Sign up at www.sendrelief.net/Harvey
Connection Center: 800-634-2462

洪水氾濫之時

羅志傑牧師日記

八月廿七日 主日

整個大休士頓成澤國,公路成河,水位幾乎到公路橫路牌,可 開快艇救人,機場往返德州各城市和香港班機全停至明天中午 才有分曉,路陷、醫院地庫水浸、有家電視台水浸停播… 家中琴房不知何來"活水泉源",地氈水為財。

我們班老人家星期二飛Las Vegas 玩幾天,求主保守,路路暢 通!不然只有留下來倍Harvey 了。

此風愛上德州小姐,窮追不走,甘願改變路線,今晚回頭轉出 墨灣,明天再度北上追回休士頓,星期五直追美女達拉斯,希 望他夢想成真,從此消遊世外。可憐各電視台廿四小時只講 Harvey 行踪,連謹有球賽轉播的娛樂都沒殺了。

謹兩天雨,已經做成如此災難,可況挪亞四十天!還好神應許 再沒有挪亞的水淹,但別高興太早,好戲在後頭:到時有火恭 候,還是當機立斷接受救恩為妙!

八月廿八日 禮拜一

剛從教會回來,入口及禮堂地漏水,暫時收容疏散會友家庭。 我家社區兩個排洪溏(足球場和籃球㘯煬大小)己儲滿八成水, 附近小溪和運河水位已近堤岸。今次逃難主因北邊兩個水庫要 放水,由軍部工程師指揮排洪,直進入已是澤國的休士頓市中 心,而Sugarland 大區是因流經該區的河堤已抗不住洪水,河 水暴漲,這一放水必淹沒大量民居,求主幫助他們有智慧和能 力放水,將傷害降到最低。

難以想像星期六,廿四小時內下了德州半年的雨量。 可幸是Harvey 畧改風向,由於北方高壓南下,可能不直吹休 士頓,轉向東沿海,路易士安那移動,所以決定不走,最壞的 可以上樓上(因無處可走)。

樓下琴房和㕔墻入水是因為雨從窗戶壓入來所致。 主阿,求袮快快止住大雨,讓洪水有喘息機會,減少淹沒的房 地,免去更大的災難。

我們最終留下來陪Harvey,不陪Las Vegas 了。

八月廿九日 禮拜二

今日能沖個涼,燒水沖杯茶原來已是很幸福,也是一種高級的 享受,為此感恩!

休士頓八百多萬人,其中六百萬要在短時間撤離本非易事,何 況水淹處處。一萬二千海上防衛隊協助疏散,也有為數不少來 自各地的義工加入,其中一對父子買了一架快艇從Austin 來 幫忙,一位中年男子從San Antonio 拖了一部快艇協助千人疏 散,不分種族,宗教,姓別,地區都加入,叫人感動!

清晨起來新聞中看到一對夫婦他們四個兒女和年老的雙親,一 家六口都被洪水沖走⋯超過九千人擠進會議中心,他們最急需 竟是毛巾(他們需要是dry)…

誰知道八月廿六晚共發出一百三十多個龍捲風警報(手機警訊 響個不停),叫入膽顫!

今次是破八百年紀錄,雨量達9 trillion gallons = fill up 兩個猶 他州大鹽湖水量…預計水位會在星期六到高峯,希望不會破堤 ,仃止放水。

下午六時喜見片片藍天。

今晚10pm-5am 全城宵禁以策安全。

其實還有另兩個重災區:西邊的Victoria 和Corpus Christi 兩城 是Harvey 初訪城市,只是人口沒有休士頓多,相信災情也不 軽,至今我也無法聯繫當地弟兄姊妹祈祷主憐憫我們都平安, 最後都沒有疏散。

洪水氾濫之時、耶和華坐著為王,耶和華坐著為王、直到永遠 。(詩29:10)

八月三十日 禮拜三

如果今主日我要講道,我仍然會講或只會講詩篇廿九篇十節:

「洪水氾濫之時、耶和華坐著為王,耶和華坐著為王、直到永 遠。」

從香港到北加州,從加州至德州,記憶中以此經文講過不少於 五次,每次都在沈重的心情下,在不同的天災或人禍下,與會 眾重新思索這經文,無論如何,無論遭遇何事,我仍堅信「耶 和華坐著為王,仍坐著為王,直到永遠!」

今天真的經歷、所目睹的是從未想過,是八百年未曾發生過, 而活現在眼前的,是如此真實百分百的「洪水氾濫之時」,叫 人心寒!

今晚政府發出緊急疏散令,國防警衛隊,本地和來自美國各地 警隊兵分兩路:北上Dairy Ashford(兩水庫東側地區),西往 Wharton County(Brazo River 沿岸),出動軍車、警車、直升機 、快艇等,協助當地居民連夜疏散,尤其䕶老院…因為水庫要 洩洪,河水高峯暴漲⋯開放所有可開的社區中心、學校、教堂 和市內最大的足球場(NRG Center ) 收容場所…

但接下來的卻是他們眼巴巴地看著自己的家園被洪水淹浸,這 意味著千萬居民數月或年無家可歸,有待修建…

從高空俯瞰畫面看一片汪洋(大地),一間間屋頂,叫人心碎! 但另方面卻看到州、市政府上下,各有關部門、傳媒,全州民 眾、各方義工空前同心、互愛互助,連少年童軍都出動協助清 理被淹房屋、捐贈物資食物、甚至diapers 源源不絕,充分體 驗徳州精神。

下午趁有陽光,出外走走,想買點吃的,不止餐廳關門,超市 也是如此,到處因水淹改路,來美廿幾年從未見過一一死城! 請繼續紀念這地,求主憐憫這民!加力這地的教會,在爭扎苦 難中成為安慰,成為溫暖,成為別人一杯涼水!

九月三日 主日

風止住了、后雨停了、太陽出來了,依然浩熱!

但洩洪繼續(未來十至十五日不斷放洪,休士頓西部越來越多 房屋被浸,原本由自願疏散的居民變成強制疏散)、河水暴漲 ,水淹範圍擴大,更多路被水封了!

河流沿岸居民繼續疏散、農場牛馬也搬遷⋯

近十萬房屋泡了,部分水退房屋趕緊清理,沿路堆满傢具垃圾 (所有大小傢具冰箱洗衣機電器都報銷,屋內地毯地板牆壁拆 除),超過五十萬車損壞或報銷⋯

百廢待修,重建需時。單是學校全部停課兩星期,45 個校區 中,近三百間學校受損,維修需時數月甚至一年,休士頓校區 就有超過一萬二千學生要轉校就讀⋯

正副總統先後三次視察災區鼓勵,副總統夫人Karen Pence 更 公開帶領眾人為災民和美國禱告。九月一日川普在白宮宣布今 天(九月三日)為災區重建舉行全國禱告日!

惟願我們上下一心謙卑在神面前禱告,要得著神對所羅門王的 應許:

「夜間耶和華向所羅門顯現、對他說、我已聽了你的禱告、也 選擇這地方作為祭祀我的殿宇。我若使天閉塞不下雨、或使蝗 蟲喫這地的出產、或使瘟疫流行在我民中,這稱為我名下的子 民、若是自卑、禱告、尋求我的面、轉離他們的惡行,我必從 天上垂聽、赦免他們的罪醫治他們的地。我必睜眼看、側耳聽 、在此處所獻的禱告。」(歴下7:12-15)

*羅志傑牧師是住在德州休士頓退休的牧師

在哈維颱風中經歷神的信實
Experiencing God through Hurricane Harvey

文喬芷
Peggy Man

我的名字叫文喬芷,與家人移民到休士頓已經多年。於是 決定自購了一間位於樓下單位的公寓,與媽媽同住,一直 也平安無事。直至8 月27 日(主日)經歷了我人生第一 次的風暴「走難」。哈維颱風在星期五登陸休士頓後,大 部分的教會已經決定取消主日崇拜。

就在那主日早上,我照常七時起床,當我的腳一踏在地上, 就發現地毯已經濕透了,馬上跑去另一房間叫醒熟睡的媽 媽。當我走出客廳的時候,已經發現整個客廳的水位已經 有一吋高了,在慌忙中,我立刻叫我媽媽把重要的文件搬 到高處,而我就立刻把所有的拖電板挪開,以防流電。感 謝主,在收拾之際,我也差點觸電,當我在拔掉其中一個 插頭的時候,已經聽到和感到漏電的聲音和震動。

那時,因她要吃藥,我立刻催促我媽媽盡快吃早餐。當時, 我也十分緊張,媽媽已經84 歲,雖然身體健壯,動作和 思想也開始比較緩慢,她根本反應不過來,也不願意走。 話還未了,水已經浸到我的腳踝,加上手機和家中互聯網 也沒有訊號。我見情況不妙,於是我立刻收拾媽媽的藥, 塞了兩條短褲丶兩件T-shirt 丶內衣褲和公司的手提電腦, 就準備離開。水來得太快,已經差不多高到電制之處,所 以我強迫媽媽立刻離開。雨開始再降下。

出門之際,看到整個停車場也被大水淹到車輪之上,知道 無法開車了,唯一的方法就是步行離開。但我怎能帶著我 年邁的媽媽登山涉水呢?於是只好帶著媽媽上二樓的隣居 求助,進入隣居的單位不到十分鐘,聽到巨大聲響,整個 公寓也立時沒有電了。雨還是停不了,我們都在二樓的陽 台等待,希望雨勢微弱一點就起行去酒店。

過了三十分鐘,雨稍緩慢。正當我們一行人準備離開之際, 另一隣居的獨居老太太自覺沒辦法離開,因為她有一頭又 大又老的狗應該不能游水。於是,我就再次進入我的單位, 拿一個大水盆,把她的狗放進去,一路帶著它逃難。當時 的水已經淹過我整條腿了。

水位持續上漲,我們大約走了二十分鐘,終於了到大街, 神在那刻就差派民間自願組織團隊,用兩架車,載拯救我 們到酒店。我們總算脫離危險了,感謝神。我在酒店住了 兩天,就搬到別人家寄住,直到現在。

今天是9/5,我的家還是封鎖區,據新聞報導,那區還是 水位高漲,很多污水渠也爆烈,呼籲人畜暫時也不應進該 區。

經過今次的風災,我更明白神是我唯一的依靠。雖然我失 去家中的一切,也沒有買洪水保險。但我深信上帝還存留 我一口氣,必有更大更好的事工為我預備,求主讓我有更 大的信心去面對前路,過一個謙卑的人生,愛主愛人,榮 耀我的神。

*文喬芷姊妹是德州市糖城 (Sugarland, Texas)恩典華人浸信㑹的㑹友

I am Peggy. My mom and I moved to Houston many years ago and we settled down there by buying the ground floor unit of a condo. We lived peacefully in that unit up until August 27 (Sunday) when, for the first time in my life, I experienced being a “Victim of a Hurricane”. Hurricane Harvey struck Houston on a Friday but churches had started to inform members of their congregations that Worship Services that Sunday would be cancelled.

On that eventful Sunday, I woke up at my regular 7 o’clock hour. When I got off bed, I realized that the carpet was completely wet. So, I went to wake up my mom sleeping in another room. While passing through the living room, I discovered that there was already an inch of water there. I panicked and called out to my mom to gather all the important things and place them on a high place while I pulled all the electrical plugs to prevent electrical shock. However, as I was pulling out one of the plugs from the outlet socket, I could hear a sizzling sound and felt a tingling sensation. Praise God He spared me from being electrocuted!

I then urged my 84 year-old mom to have her breakfast as quickly as she could as she had to take her medication. I was especially anxious for her. Although she was relatively healthy for her age, her reaction to events and her movements were slow. She refused to leave. As I was speaking to her, water had reached my ankle. My cellphone and wi-fi services were disrupted. I realized then that we were in dire circumstances. I quickly gathered all of her medication, packed two shorts, two Tshirts and underwear and together with my company’s laptop, and got ready to rush out of the unit. But the water level kept rising. By now, it had reached the level where the electrical outlets were. I forced my mom to evacuate immediately while the rain outside started to pour again.

What I saw outside shocked me. The parking lot was already full of water – up to the level of the wheels of vehicles. I knew I could not get to my car and drive away. I decided then that the only way out was to walk to safety and seek help. But as I considered my mom, I recognized that that was impossible for her. My only alternative was to walk my mom up to the second floor neighbors and sought help. Moments later, we heard a loud sound and the entire building went dark. The rain kept falling and we waited at the balcony of the second floor hoping that the rain would let up enough for us to take refuge in a hotel.

Thirty minutes passed. The rain slowed. But as the five of us were getting ready to leave, one other elderly neighbor felt she could not leave her old and huge pet dog behind. She surmised that it was unable to swim and make it out. She adamantly decided to stay. Recognizing her predicament, I immediately went back to my unit and got a big tub and put the dog in it. It floated along with us and became a refugee just like us! By then the water level had reached our waist.

The water level kept on rising. We kept walking for about twenty minutes and reached the main road. God sent the Civil Defense Team and took us to safety in a hotel in two vehicles. Praise God! We stayed at the hotel for two days and were later relocated to stay with a family until now.

Today is September 5. My home remained in a sealed area. According to news reports, water level in that area is still high. Many bunds there are breached and the authorities are advising people not to enter that area.

Having experienced the effects of this hurricane, I have come to understand that God is my only refuge and help. Even though I may have lost every thing as I did not have flood insurance for my home, I firmly believe that God has preserved me for a greater mission and assignment. May the Lord give me the faith to face my future, to live a life of humility, and to love God and people. All Glory to God!

*Peggy is a member of the Grace Chinese Baptist Church in Sugarland, Texas.

華人浸信會肢體同赴哈維颱風曠世災難—救多少算多少
Our Response to Hurricane Harvey – One at a Time

美加華人浸信㑹聯會總幹事李英柏牧師
Rev. Amos Lee, Executive Director, CBF USA Canada

哈維颱風, 公認為世紀空前凶猛風暴。 破八百年來記錄的狂風豪雨, 自八月廿六日起蓆捲南德 薩斯州, 重創侯斯頓市和一帶地區。估計約九兆加侖雨量, 傾注低窪地帶。水量相當於兩個猶他 州鹽湖之多之大。無可避免地對當地造成極大的災害。

面對侯斯頓及周邊德州市鎮風雨刼,房頂掀走,泥水灌屋掩浸,收容所擁擠不堪,觸目傷心災 情。我們該如何向輕、重受災的弟兄姊妹伸出援手?

『天寒勁雨下請給一杯熱茶小子喝吧!』

我們深心的讚美神,許多當地的教堂開門收容災民,傳道牧師們、會友弟兄姊妹們雖自己也在 患難中也打開大門幫助需要的人。有些家庭,當大水續漲,自己還是要入被疏散之列。但這顯 示的愛心真可算︰奉主耶穌的名『天寒勁雨下給一杯熱茶小子喝吧!』。榮耀讚美神!

我們的回應

美加兩地華人浸會信徒組成的「美加華浸聯會」面臨如此龐大的愛心挑戰,而手上資源卻如此 有限,我們該怎麼辦呢?……從福音書記載中提醒我們,耶穌以五塊餅、兩條魚餵飽五千人,那 時一個門徒問主說︰「….只是分給這許多人,(五餅二魚) 還算甚麼呢?」(約6:9b) 別忘記,腓 力門徒還有我們該學習的功課︰我們這有限的資源,交在主的手上會增長許許多多倍。只要神 的兒女甘心毫無保留的獻上。

1. 禱告!一定要禱告!為那些陷在洪水中受苦的人祈禱,從庇護所回到滿目瘡痍的「家」, 求神幫助安慰他們。為受災信徒祈禱,求神讓他們仍舊堅信,覺悟所臨到之事對他們生命 的意義和目的。我們處身事外的也要為自己祈禱,求主賜下以基督的心為心,設身處地地 着想。

2.幫助當地教會牧長們於會友中,和社區、鄰居中,尋找那些有個別需要的、和高危一族 的,因身份處於夾縫而不符規定,不能獲得必需的援助與資助的,可以重建家園。我們㑹 與德州華人浸信㑹聯會密切合作。

3.北美廣大的華人浸會一家親,同心籌集愛心捐獻,渡過難關。請將你們的奉献寄來「美 加華浸聯會」(CBF ) 為救災之用。

4.華人教會響應美加浸聯會,組志願宣救隊,安排小組,持續進入當地華浸教會中,努力 幫助教會及個人家庭,屬靈命與屬物質的重建。

一個故事深深的感動了我︰—有一個人清晨剛散步,來到沙灘,那沙灘經過昨天整夜的狂風駭 浪之後,潮浪把許多海星衝上岸來遍滿了。這人知道只要太陽一出,全部海星都得曬死,便一 只一只的拾起來,把海星掉回海裏去。這時有過路的人看見,便議論說︰「看,那些海星成千 上萬,一只一只的,你能救得了多少呢?」這人回答說︰「是的,海星真的很多。但我可以救 多少就算多少吧!」

我們誠實禱告以後,一定會很忙,我們忙於奉獻,忙於擼起衣袖流汗工作,盡情在自己,使許 多..許多災民生命改觀,救多少算多少。

義無反顧!

Hurricane Harvey has proven to be an unprecedented storm that hit the Gulf Coast making landfall in the southern State of Texas on August 25. It was reported to be the fiercest storm to have hit the Houston area in 800 years that had poured an estimated 9 trillion gallons of rain into the area. That volume of water is equivalent to be the size of two Salt Lakes in the State of Utah. Inevitably, the devastation brought on by it was huge as well. With devastations everywhere especially in the Houston area and other parts of the state, how could we respond to help our brothers and sisters in need after the initial shock of seeing images of roof-high flooding and full and spilling shelters that proved inadequate in the face of such enormous calamity.

“A Cup of Hot Tea in a Cold and Wet Place”

We praise God (and it is heartening to see) that many churches have opened their doors to help shelter victims, and pastors, ministers and church members have taken in people into their homes even when they themselves were subject to the devastations as well. Some had to evacuate when rising water reached their homes. But it was certainly a “cup of hot tea in a cold and wet place” given in the name of Jesus. And God honors that!

Our Response

What can CBF do in the midst of such overwhelming needs and the seemingly meager resources we have? I am reminded by the biblical record in the Gospels according to Matthew, Luke and John when Jesus fed the 5000 with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes when even one of disciples purportedly asked “… but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9b) The lesson to be learned by Philip and by us is this: Our limited resources will be multiplied many times over in the hands of the Master as God’s people are willing to give them to Him without reservation.

1. Pray! We must! Pray for those affected by the flooding and for God’s comfort and help as they return to their houses they once call “home”. Pray for an abiding faith in God to see meaning and purpose in what they are going through and as we reflect upon our own sense of meaning and purpose in life. Pray for our selves to have the heart of God to see people in need through his lenses.

2. Help local churches identify specific needs of individuals and vulnerable people in their congregations and/or their community who fall through the “cracks” and provide meaningful assistance to them as they rebuild their lives and homes. We will work closely with the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of Texas on this.

3. Raise funds from the larger Chinese Baptist family in North America to meet those needs. Please send your contributions to CBF for such a purpose.

4. Organize mission teams on a regular basis to work with local Chinese Baptist churches to help people in their recovery and rebuilding efforts.

I am struck by a story I read somewhere about a man walking on a beach after a severe overnight storm. Scattered on the beach were starfishes that had been thrown onshore from the raging tide. With the rising sun he knew that they would all die in time. The man then began picking up the starfishes and throwing them back to sea. Another man walked by and remarked: “There are so many of them. How can you save them all?” The man replied, “They might be many but I’m saving them one at a time!”

Let’s get busy in the days ahead as we pray, as we give and as we get our hands dirty to do our part in making a difference in the lives of many, one at a time.

Our faith demands it!