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Beyoncé Delivers Message to Those Impacted by Hurricane During Houston Visit: This Is 'a Celebration of Survival'

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Beyoncé has a message of hope for her hometown.

The singer visited St. John’s Church in Houston, Texas, on Friday, speaking passionately to the gathered survivors of last week’s catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Taking the stage at the church, Beyoncé declared, “This today is a celebration of survival.”

“This church is my home,” she told the gathered group. “I was maybe nine or 10-years-old the first time I sat there where my daughter is sitting. I sang my first solo here and I just wanna thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is.”

Calling the congregation her “family,” Beyoncé said, “Houston is my home. I thank God that you’re safe, your children are safe… I just wanna say I love you. I’ve been blessed so that I can bless other people and I ask of God to continue to do that for other people.”

According to ET, the singer was joined by her mother Tina Knowles and daughter Blue Ivy, as well as fellow bandmate Michelle Williams. Earlier in the day, Knowles and Williams helped serve a meal to 400 Harvey survivors.

Wow !! How great was this day ? this is our third stop first we went to St. John's and along with Pastor Rudy . Beyonce Sponsored a luncheon for 400 folks some of the people affected by harvey and had a short program motivation to try tol encourage them and love on them. Second stop we went to the George R Brown convention center , where we talk to some of the residents about the needs and toured the facility Third stop we traveled to accompany one of lHouston's Best real life Heroes Trae That Truth to serve food to the residents of this complex ! This man delivers supplies that were donated by generous people like you . It was fun unloading the truck and organizing the sizes . Please keep the donations coming! .❤️❤️ Thats Michelle Williams at the beginning of line, serving the chicken , Beyonce on Green beans and me on bread duty. Ingrid over there serving deserts.

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Amid the storm, Beyoncé pledged to help relief efforts in Houston through her charity initiative, BeyGOOD.

“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 said in a statement to The Houston Chronicle.

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“I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”