Pop songstress Beyoncé is teaming up with her childhood pastor, Pastor Rudy Rasmus of St. John's United Methodist Church to help bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The singer said she's in constant prayer for the city where she was raised.
"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," Beyoncé told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday. "I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor to implement a plan to help as many as we can."
Pastor Rasmus said of the star: "Beyoncé is extremely private and has done a lot that she has requested that we don't announce and publicise over the years. So right now I think to each his own, she has always taken a position to help this city in its time of need, and now is no different. She has really stepped up and it's been a real blessing for us."
Rasmus - who is the pastor for St. John's Church in downtown Houston - is currently working with BeyGOOD to gather supplies, which will be taken to those in need once the heavy rainfall clears.
He added: "We are right now mobilising to gather as many supplies as we can, knowing that in the next few days when the skies start clearing, people are going to be in intense need of items that of just right now have already lost in their homes due to the flooding."
The pastor added that people who are interested in helping relief efforts can visit his Bread of Life charitable website, which has worked to help the less fortunate in Houston. For those who can safely travel to his church in downtown Houston, Rasmus is asking that they volunteer or bring nonperishable items.
Beyonce was raised a Methodist Christian girl in Houston, Texas. As for her faith, Beyonce testified: "I am about faith and spirituality more so than religion. Doing right by others and not judging. The thing that keeps me grounded is knowing that I'm always protected and that God is in control of things. Even the name of our group, Destiny's Child, we got out of the Bible. . . For me it is about the way I carry myself and the way I treat other people. My relationship and how I feel about God and what he does for me is something deeply personal. It's where I came from. I was brought up in a religious household and that's very important to me."