Once again, we are confronted with the news of another disastrous situation in DISASTER LOCATION, and we, as a church will do our best to reach out with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.
“History knows no disasters,” said the Literary Digest (Sept. 1923), “which parallels the earthquake and fire that visited Japan this month and laid waste the capital city and the chief seaport.” The New York Times described the havoc as covering about 45,000 square miles which contained five big cities and a population of 7,000,000. A joint survey made by Herbert Hoover and the Red Cross estimated the dead at almost 300,000 with 2,500,000 people homeless. Food, clothing, medical supplies, and volunteer workers came by the shipload. The American Red Cross collected ten million dollars from people of the United States for the suffering and homeless Nipponese. Those who lived through the awful earth tremors, the gigantic waves, and the tongues of fire must perish, it seemed, from starvation or disease. But they didn’t. Why? Because America remembered—remembered their need, their suffering, and their hunger. –Sermon Central
Americans have always been there when disaster strikes our global neighbors, and of course, the church has always been at the front of the line in response to the need.
Hurricanes and other natural disasters create great suffering in the wake of destruction. Christians know that by extending charity and mercy to those who have been struck by disaster, they are modeling God’s love and protection. Psalm 91:1 reminds us, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
Giving generously to help those in need provides them with physical shelter, and modeling God’s love helps bring the unsaved into the spiritual shelter of the Most High. It is also a wonderful way to practically show what the love of God looks like here on earth.
To that end, we will receive a special offering on Sunday, MONTH, DAY, to benefit hurricane relief for DISASTER SITE. Please search your heart and give what you can afford.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Doe
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