In the wake of the tornadoes that devastated North Texas on Monday, volunteers with Celebration Church in Georgetown are working to help clean the debris, repair homes, and distribute emergency supplies as residents cope with the disastrous effects. According to KXAN, the church had volunteers on the ground within just one hour of one of the tornadoes that had touched down, and they have remained committed to their efforts ever since. Within just 24 hours, the church had more than 100 volunteers sign up to provide assistance, with some even taking off work to do so.
Pastor Christian Williamson shared that church volunteers have helped a single mother board up ten of her windows that broke in the storm. Most of the work they are doing at this point continues to be cleaning up the debris and hauling it away in dumpsters. Williamson shared, “We believe that the local church is the hope of the world…We believe that when the local church is mobilized, we can make a great impact. It’s an honor to get to be a part of this team.” Although Williamson visited the hardest hit areas himself, he explained that it is not safe to send the church team there just yet, but they are anticipating being able to go into those areas by the weekend. In addition to cleaning up debris, Williamson shared that he hopes to provide warm meals to construction workers and homeowners as they work on rebuilding their community.
According to KXAN, “the volunteers dispatched by the Celebration Church wear red shirts with the words ‘Serve Team’ on them. Williamson explained the church created these disaster relief teams before Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. During that response, the church converted one of its auditoriums into a distribution warehouse for supplies. Volunteers even assisted people after the deadly winter storms in Feb. 2021.”
Celebration Church also has been providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine through their campus in Italy. They are shipping food, water, and other supplies to Poland where millions of refugees have arrived after evacuating Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion. They plan on making multiple trips to Poland as they anticipate these efforts to be long-term.
Grateful for the ability to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need quickly, Williamson expressed his appreciation for the generosity of the members of his congregation. Prepared not only with necessary supplies, but with brave and passionate hearts, the members of Celebration Church are providing much-needed relief, comfort, and hope to those experiencing challenging circumstances.