by Kai Newell, correspondent
Hurricane Harvey caused widespread damage in Houston, costing the economy an estimated $190 billion, according to AccuWeather. ABC reports that over 185,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm. Moody Bible Institute has several students who have been impacted by the disaster.
Wyatt English, a freshman communications major, has family in Sugarland, Texas, just south of Houston. “It’s been rough. My family was displaced and their neighborhood flooded,” he explained, “although the damages to their house were minimal compared to the rest of their neighbors.”
Regarding the reaction of Moody to the hurricane, English said, “It has been so encouraging seeing the school be so intentional about providing aid to people affected by Harvey. My floor, especially my RA, have been very good with keeping up with how my family’s doing.”
Around Moody, many professors opened class with prayer for those in Houston.
A “penny war” has been initiated on campus, in which residential floors will compete against each other to raise the most relief funds in spare change. Students can also speak to professors and get them to “sponsor” their floor. The winner of the penny war gets a pizza party funded by the Practical Christian Ministries Department.
“I would encourage everyone to donate to this,” English said. “I will be donating my change jar which I keep in my room in order to help the victims of Harvey.”