Earlier this year, Christians in Egypt faced several jihadist attacks. Many of you know that the persecuted Church is an issue very close to my heart. As I prayed for the Copts, I grew disgusted with myself. I remember confiding in a friend that I was discouraged about being a relatively safe person, in a relatively safe town, with a relatively safe home, with relatively safe climate, and a relatively safe vehicle, and a relatively stable income. Truth to tell, I felt an enormous sense of shame because others were suffering—some literally dying—for their faith while I was complaining about getting the coffee that actually belonged to the car behind me in the drive-thru. I’ll never forget his answer. He said, “Sar, if you truly believe what the Bible says about the Body of Christ being one body made up of many parts, then you need to stop thinking of the persecuted church as some separate entity from you and me. They belong with us and we belong with them. We are one. We are the body.” I have thought of those words again this week as I’ve prayed for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Yesterday, I shared several ways to get involved and support relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding areas. Today, I want to point you to what part of the Body of Christ is doing. Today, I want to point you to Foundry Church.
If you’re anything like me, you stopped right there and wondered, “What kind of name is Foundry?” From the Our Story page of the church’s website,
A foundry is a specialized factory where molten metal is poured into molds then allowed to cool and harden. After the molds are removed, impurities are removed from the cast pieces and they are polished to remove blemishes and imperfections. Pieces cast in this manner are strong and durable, able to resist harsh conditions…We invite God to work in us, using the circumstances of our lives to “refine us like silver and purify us like gold,” (Zechariah 13:9).
And being refined, they are.
Foundry Church serves its communities in two separate locations, on Jones Road in Houston and on Fry Road in Cypress (about twenty-seven miles from Houston). Like many churches in the area, I’m sure, The Foundry is working hard to care both for the immediate needs of those affected by Harvey—like food, shelter, and hygiene—as well as their practical, long-term needs—like cleaning up the debris from their yards and homes. It is tireless work, requiring many hands and many hearts.
We cannot all be the hands at this moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be part of the great service this church is doing for its friends and neighbors. We can support those who are the hands. Here’s what you need to know:
If you live in the Houston area…
and want to donate items, the most essential items at this point are cleaning supplies, trash bags, storage bins, and personal hygiene products. There is also a need for baby diapers and formula, as well as school supplies.
and need supplies, the church is open daily from 9 am until 7 pm and you are welcome to stop in.
and your home has sustained damage, you can contact the church to request assistance. While the church cannot guarantee they’ll get to every request, they are working hard to help as many people as they’re able.
and you need shelter, The Foundry is redirecting folks to find safety and rest at Saint Maximilian Catholic Church, located at 10135 West Road.
If you are not in the Houston area…
you can make a donation—either through the church website or by mailing a check.
you can support the demo crews helping to clean and repair property by sending a gift card in any amount for Lowe’s or Home Depot stores.
you can pray.
My friend was right, after all. The Church is not separate bodies working to achieve each its own agenda. The Church is One—Methodist and Catholic and Episcopalian and Pentecostal and Lutheran... we all belong to one Christ. I urge you to stand firmly with your brothers and sisters in Houston, giving in whatever manner you can, and praying for their strength, their encouragement, their discernment, and their safety as they continue to minister to a devastated community as they are today, being refined by this enormous opportunity to bless others with the love of Jesus.
Let’s you and I allow God’s Spirit to refine us in this time, as well.