Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hoping to Help in Disaster-Struck Areas

I've emailed several Evansville, Indiana congregations offering the services of people from our church in the Cincinnati area to help with any relief work we might do.

The lesson I've learned from several pastors and congregations is that these sorts of church-to-church efforts are far more efficient and far likelier to actually happen than trying to work through big relief organizations or denominational agencies.

A colleague is taking a group from his church to Slidell, Mississippi, scene of so much Hurricane Katrina-induced damage, to do some work next week. I'm hoping to hear from the same Mississippi congregation with which they're working in order to make arrangements for a work crew from our church to head down that way.

The tornado that ripped through parts of Indiana and Kentucky early on Sunday morning present churches in those states as well as in Ohio and other neighboring states to share the love of Christ in a very practical way. Jesus teaches us that our neighbor is whoever is in need.

In the meantime, we continue to pray that God will bring relief, solace, and hope to the victims of natural disaster everywhere.

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