Now that Mother Nature hit hard, will Church help hurting?

Friday, September 18, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hurricane Laura (aerial view)Disaster relief agencies strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus, demonstrating His love to hurting communities, and lately the Church is being asked to serve the hurting all over the U.S.

The summer of 2020 has brought terrible fires to the West, and now back-to-back hurricanes have slammed the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida.

After working in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura, 8 Days of Hope president Steve Tybor tells OneNewsNow his staff and volunteers are preparing to provide aid farther east.

“As you know, Hurricane Sally slammed the Gulf Coast, mainly in the state of Florida,” he says. “And the flooding that we've seen first-hand once again is humbling.”

Victims of Hurricane Sally have endured more water damage, he advises, after Hurricane Laura caused more wind damage in the Lake Charles area.

1 Corinthians 13Samaritan's Purse is also assembling staff and volunteers to respond to Hurricane Sally. Samaritan’s spokesman Luther Harrison tells OneNewsNow hurricane-hit Florida and portions of Alabama endured flood waters from the storm surge, and many homes were damaged by falling trees.

OneNewsNow has reported that Samaritan’s Purse is working out West to help victims of the massive wildfires, and both ministries tell OneNewsNow they are seeking volunteers to help hurricane-hit communities. Volunteers can sign up on their ministry websites. 

Harrison says the biggest need right now is for prayer for the families that face uncertainties, and, for volunteers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and be the hands and feet of Jesus. He says the Church needs to get outside its own walls and help the hurting.

“And if there's people that need help, reach out to those who cannot help themselves,” he says. “And just let it be the Church as the first responder.”

 

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