Our Hurricane Response
DEAR REDEEMER SAINTS,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
It is hard to believe that our nation is facing the potential catastrophic impact of another hurricane in such a short period of time. I want to reiterate to you the reflections and actions I recommend we, as believers, take in these difficult times.
As we mentioned previously, in a time of crisis we might find ourselves feeling helpless and anxious about what we might do to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a deeply hurting world. The feelings of helplessness are normal and understandable, especially when the crisis is happening outside of our immediate area.
As with our response to the flooding in our area last summer, we have decided that our response should be focused and have a personal connection.
Here are three actions I ask you to consider taking as we stand with those suffering in the wake of these storms:
This is the most important action we can take. Pray for the safety of all those impacted. Pray for comfort and assurance of the goodness of God. Pray for patience and perseverance as the rain stops and the flood water begin to recede. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the devastation without words to pray, this simple prayer is quite powerful: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord have mercy. As you pray, be encouraged and remember that the Holy Spirit translates our deepest groanings and imperfect words.
Next to prayer, financial support is the best way to support the victims in these early days. You may make donations by clicking the donate button below or by placing a check in the offering plate in the coming weeks (indicate POM/Hurricane Relief in the memo). We will be distributing the funds according to this priority:
- Peace Officer Ministries deployment. We are currently assessing needs, but I may deploy to storm affected areas. We will need help covering the associated expenses. In the past, I have helped conduct critical incident debriefs, ministered to officers and their families, and even assisted officers in wellness checks and calls for service. Your generosity and flexibility allows me to serve in a very unique way. The toll of critical incidents on our first responders is sometimes overlooked by more traditional relief organizations.
- Connected Congregations. We are in contact with friends at congregations in the affected areas and will be checking in with them periodically to see how we may best help.
- Connected Families such as the Giertz family, who recently relocated to our area from the Houston area and previous Redeemer members Jonathan and Kim Raess and Gail Bostic (sister of Greg Bradford). Those families, along with others we identify in the newly impacted areas will be helping me identify how we might be of best direct financial help in the area. Again, more details will be forthcoming.
Finally, begin prayerful consideration of your availability to volunteer in the coming months and years. We will be investigating volunteer opportunities in all impacted areas.
Blessings in Christ,
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
- Galatians 6:9