Within the past few weeks, two hurricanes have devastated two coastlines of the United States. There are wildfires burning out of control in the western part of our country. There are also tornados, earthquakes, floods, and other types of natural disasters that seem to occur all to frequently.
Inevitably when something tragic happens, we wonder what we can do to help...or we should. Perhaps we contemplate what it might be like if a disaster happened right here in Siloam Springs. What would we want/need? Where would we turn?
For a number of years now, our congregation has been sending a monthly contribution to an organization called “Churches of Christ Disaster Relief” in Nashville, Tennessee. And what do they do, exactly? I will let their website answer:
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort immediately responds to any major disaster in the continental United States. We contact the leadership of local Churches of Christ in or near a major disaster area. If the leadership says their local congregation wants to help, we send and turn over to that congregation truckloads of emergency food, personal hygiene, infant care, water, cleaning supplies, and pallets of additional basic needs, for them to distribute to the disaster victims. These supplies are to be given to anyone affected by the disaster, regardless of race, creed, origin, gender, or religious preference.
Again, we (as a congregation) contribute monthly to this effort, so that when disaster strikes, they can respond. To date, 23 tractor trailers have been sent to aid those impacted by hurricane Harvey. As soon as it is safe to travel, trailers will be on the way to assist those impacted by hurricane Irma (they probably already are).
Yet with two significant hurricanes in such a short time, the needs are great. So the elders have decided that Eastgate will send some additional monies to further assist this incredible ministry.
In the near future, we will be given the opportunity to help Churches of Christ Disaster Relief. Please begin now to prayerfully consider how you might be able to help. Not only will you be helping with physical needs, you may just be partly responsible for helping to meet a spiritual need. Just imagine the ETERNAL difference you could make for someone!