Hurricane Relief Information

At Otterbein, we are committed to make a difference and help meet the needs of the people affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.  We are also committed to make sure that we are strategic in what we do so that ALL of the money given will be used to help those who need it most and that any teams we send can make a real difference in the lives of the people impacted by the Hurricanes.

Here are some practical ways you can BE THE CHURCH and help those affected by the hurricanes and flooding:

Pray specifically for the families who have been affected by the hurricanes and flooding.  Pray for those living in temporary shelters and for the relief workers who are on the ground providing support and assistance.

We encourage you to consider giving in one of two ways.

We have set up TWO HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDS here at Otterbein for you to make donations.  100% of the money received at Otterbein for Hurricane Relief will be distributed to people through local churches in Texas and Florida. This will help to assure that those who need the assistance most will receive it. CLICK HERE TO GIVE NOTE:  Make sure you choose one of the two options for Hurricane Relief.  You can give towards Hurricane Harvey/Texas and/or towards Hurricane Irma/Florida when making your donation.

Another option is to give through Samaritan’s Purse.  Samaritan’s Purse has a good reputation of helping people in Jesus’ name during disasters.  They are already on the ground in Texas and Florida and will be there for the long haul helping families get back on their feet.  CLICK HERE to give to Samaritan’s Purse. (NOTE: One thing to keep in mind is that a small percentage of your gift to Samaritan’s Purse will be taken out for administrative purposes.)

We are working with a church in the Houston area to help a family (or families) who needs assistance in repairing their home which was damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding. In preparation, we are in the process of forming a team that can make the trip to Texas. If you are interested in going, please CLICK HERE TO GO and let us know which week(s) you would be available to travel. The plan is to leave on Saturday and return the following Sunday.

If you are interested in going now to help with Hurricane relief in either Texas or Florida, we encourage you to work through Samaritan’s Purse.  You can learn more about their opportunities to serve by CLICKING HERE.

If you have questions, please contact Pastor Dirk Small at or 717-762-7147 x233.