By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
The energy and excitement were contagious at the Church on MastersRoad after the City of Manvel and Brazoria County asked them to open as a shelter and they agreed. Originally the designated shelter for Manvel was Living Stones Church in Alvin and it soon became apparent that travel to that area was not feasible. Church of the Harvest offered its space but soon became inaccessible, but Masters Road area was managing to stay above the flooding.
Pastor Jason Lee of The Church on MastersRoad responded positively to the city’s request for a shelter and immediately sprang into action. By Monday evening following Harvey they were in operation as a shelter. For the first several days they housed 113 local people who were forced to evacuate flooded areas.
By Wednesday, the shelter transitioned into a distribution center and most of the previously sheltered people came back as volunteers. Pastor Lee shared, “We saw God’s heart through the hands and feet of the people in our community who came through to help others.”
“It was the blessing of a lifetime for our church to host this event and get a front row seat to watch our community in action. Please don’t credit our church alone for this work. Every Manvel school, principal, and neighborhood as well as many community members were there helping.”
Mayor Davison was energized and excited by the incredibly positive response from the church. “One of the best stories is what occurred at The Church on MastersRoad. Pastor Lee and his team accomplished a virtual miracle as the Manvel shelter.”
The Well on MastersRoad does an outstanding job of communicating with its members and they create short videos on a regular basis. Pastor Lee and assistant Laura asked the congregation to volunteer and asked the community to provide food and water and clothing. Within hours they had thousands of pounds of food, water and clothing.
By Wednesday the church also became a distribution center with a full supply of necessary items. By Sunday, they had decided to provide a hot breakfast for everyone starting at 9 a.m. with child care starting at 10:30 a.m. and services starting at 10:45 a.m.
Pastor Lee recapped some incredible numbers about the journey they shared after the storm. Over 700 volunteers showed up to work; on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1,100 families came through; 5,000 meals were served; over 100,000 items were donated and distributed in those three days all from the community.
On Tuesday, Sept. 5 the Manvel Shelter located at The Church on MastersRoad, 6911 Masters Road was open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to continue providing food, clothing, cleaning supplies, paper products, toiletries and non-perishable foods.
Requests for donations from the public are now reduced to toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and non-perishable foods.
For updated information about the shelter, visit the church website at www.mastersroad.com and view the videos.
Catch the energy, volunteer to help and follow Pastor Lee’s exhortation to “journey on.”