When I got up this morning, I was moved in my heart as to how I could help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Here I am sitting in Pine Haven Wyoming with blue skies, heat, electricity, and food while people are facing the loss of everything they have. I don’t believe in being complacent or just turning a blind eye to those in need. I am sure that you are the same way. So as I was praying for them, I was reminded of the scripture in James that reads
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
So this morning I want to bring to your attention 3 Christian disaster relief organizations that you can support to help those that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
3 Reputable Christian Disaster Relief Organizations.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploy three mobile office units this morning, with destinations of northern New Jersey, southern New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
At least three teams of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains are heading into the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Millions of people are without power, many are in shelters, and the full effect of the storm’s impact may take days to be known. Meanwhile, RRT Chaplains are mobilizing to minister to those in the affected areas.
The teams will caravan together and meet with the Samaritan’s Purse units en route. They anticipate making it to Virginia tonight, and will reach their destinations on Wednesday.
We will have chaplains on the ground within 24 hours of the hurricane passing.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is a ministry of crisis-trained volunteer chaplains who deploy in the aftermath of a disaster to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of people in crisis. RRT spent months ministering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and 2005 – and most recently deployed to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Issac earlier this year.
You can help Rapid Response Team bring the love of Christ to thousands of hurting people through your gifts and prayers. Please give now.
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Program.
The Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene when disaster strikes. Officers are trained to meet all kinds of emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Disaster canteens have become familiar sights to firemen, policemen and victims alike.
The Salvation Army is officially recognized by federal, state and local governments across the country as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization. As a relief organization within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). The Salvation Army was involved in the development of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recently released National Response Framework. The Army is recognized within this framework. The Army provides relief services to communities impacted by both natural and man-made disasters until the service is no longer needed by the community. When initiating a disaster relief operation, the first aim is to meet the basic needs of those who have been affected, both survivors and first responders. Even at this level, The Salvation Army’s workers are ministering in that they serve as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need. The Salvation Army’s primary goals are to offer:
- Material comfort
- Physical comfort
- Spiritual and Emotional comfort
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Hurricane Sandy is poised to make landfall on the New Jersey shore late Monday. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers and leaders have prepared their equipment and plans to respond to the needs left in the wake of the storm from North Carolina to New England.
As you pray today, pray for the protection of life and property, pray for the SBDR volunteers who will be responding to their neighbors’ immediate needs after the storm, pray for volunteers from other states who will travel to the region to support the response, and pray for the DR leaders in each convention and at the North American Mission Board as they make plans to minister to communities in crisis. You can help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Hurricane Sandy response efforts by donating to the North American Mission Board’s Disaster Relief fund or to one of the Baptist Conventions where responses are underway. Find out how you can donate to SBDR.
Pray for the people affected by Hurricane Sandy and give generously to those on the front lines representing Jesus to those hurting people.
The Christian faith is not just one of belief but it that belief should demonstrate itself with works. We may not be able to go and give a helping hand personally but we definitely can support those that are able to be there. These three organizations are reputable, biblical, and prepared for the challenges ahead of them. I want to strongly urge you to give. Even if you can only afford $5.00 or $10.00 dollars, give something in the name of the Lord to share the love of God to those that feel forsaken right now.
For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.