Churches across Texas open doors amid dangerously cold weather
The Christian Post reports that as Texas experiences record-breaking low temperatures and sweeping power outages, churches and ministries across the state are opening their doors, serving as warming shelters and providing food and supplies to those in need.
The Lakewood Church in Houston opened as a designated Warming Center for anyone in need of shelter in the city. The church plans to stay open as long as needed, and no appointment or sign-up is necessary.
“Approximately a dozen people arrived last night, and we expect more today with power outages,” a spokesperson said. “We are working with the Harris County Sheriff’s department and local homeless organizations to be available. We have beds, blankets and other supplies. No one will be turned away.”
On Sunday, the entire state of Texas was placed under a winter storm warning, with officials warning that people may die of hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of generators. Residents were asked to avoid travel if at all possible due to hazardous conditions on roads, including snow and ice.
In Denison, Texas, St. Luke Episcopal opened their doors, providing beds and a hot meal to those in need. People can stay overnight at the church until 7 a.m. the following morning. From there they can go over to the soup kitchen where the Center Cross Ministry serves breakfast.