As we walk in the way of Jesus, our hearts are drawn with compassion to those who suffer when disasters like Hurricane Ian sweep through. Not only have we seen reports by others, but many of us have friends and family who were impacted. I encourage you to keep those who have suffered as a result of this latest natural disaster in your prayers, and be sure to pray for those working to bring help and aid! If you sense God calling you to respond in additional ways, the links below can help bring immediate relief.
This is a helpful collection of connections and lessons from experience pulled together by the Weather Channel. It includes lots of ways to give: How To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Ian
Like many other organizations, Samaritans Purse is already on the ground and working – not only in South Florida, but also for those impacted by the hurricane in Peurto Rico
If you feel called to join a team doing long term recovery work after disasters, the organization World Renew may be a good place to learn more. The following was sent to me by a colleague whose worked with them.
World Renew staff and volunteers are mobilizing and have begun immediate assistance as well as beginning follow-up and planning for long-term assistance and rebuilding. Here’s the local TV station interviewing our Disaster Response Director, Bob Laarman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4c7XKa6Oqk
You can help homeowners recover after Hurricane Ian through World Renew DRS. If you simply want to give there, use this link: https://bit.ly/3BSSajB
World Renew Point of Contact: Phil Smart, 616-224-0818 (L), 616-916-2176 (C) Psmart@WorldRenew.net