American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Hurricane Harvey


Dear ABCOPAD regional family,

Our mind and hearts over the weekend and this Monday are filled with prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Texas and the Gulf Coast who are dealing with the Hurricane Harvey disaster.

Many of you have reached out to the region asking for how you might be able to help. ABCOPAD staffers are working to coordinate with national ABC staffers and will get back to you with specifics in the future.

Our own regional point person, Mark Mahserjian-Smith and the national point person, Vickie Goff are in Alaska on a mission trip with ABCOPADers with a four hour time difference, so coordinating a response will be done, but we have to make sure we share the correct things as quickly as possible.

What our brothers and sisters in the Gulf Coast needs right now, literally, as the disaster continues are our prayers. Please join us in prayer:

Heavenly Father, creator of heaven and earth, we lift up all of those millions of people who have already been impacted by the Hurricane in the Gulf. Father we know that this is not over and that many more continue to need our prayers. We pray for all of the families affected that You would grant them safety and comfort during this difficult time. We ask that you provide for their immediate needs and grant them a power sense of Your presence and peace. We pray for all of those selflessly serving to keep people safe amidst the storm, grant them wisdom and courage. We pray for all the volunteers helping their neighbors, protect them and meet their needs as well. Father, we know that the really hard and intentional work will come in the hours, days, weeks, and months to come. Help each one of us to know how we might be able to make a difference and answer to all of these prayers. We ask, in the powerful and matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Amen.

Your ABCOPAD Staff



American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

 “American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” Spitzer says. “I ask that that every church dedicate time this week to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.”

Donations designated to “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey” can be made: 

  • through your church;
  • by visiting and clicking “Give Online” at the top right of the page. In the “Comments” section, type “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey.”
  • Mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. 

One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs.

For more information,
contact Wilkins at 1-800-222-3872, x2413,