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I greet you in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hurricane Ian Church Offering Appeal Letter
Many of you have watched as I have, the heartbreaking video and pictures of the effects of Hurricane Ian as it made landfall in Florida and tore a wide swath of destruction across so much of the State.
The damage assessment will continue to take some time, and while we know that many things can be replaced, the toll on human lives in a physical and emotional sense will take much healing from God. We encourage you to pray for people at this time.
I’m of the firm belief that the church leads the way and sets the example in situations like this. We have helped in the past, we should do our best to help again.
We may not all be able to “go”, but we can all “give”.
Now, we know of course that we are not able to meet every need that comes our way, and while we cannot do “everything”, I believe all of us can do “something”. While all may not “go”, I believe all can “give”.
1 John 3:17 says this; If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him?
We are not able to meet every need that comes our way, and while we cannot do “everything”, I believe all of us can do “something”. While all may not “go”, I believe all can “give”.
With this in mind, we will be receiving a special love offering on Sunday (DATE) in the morning service. This will go to (NAME OF CHARITY). I realize many of you may have already given to a charity of your choice and that is wonderful, but this opportunity is being given to those who are unsure where to give.
We are well acquainted with this Charity we will be giving to and feel very comfortable the money will be used properly.
Our greatest desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ with people. That often comes first through the sharing of some tangible gift which in turn helps the person to turn away from a feeling of hopelessness. They are then able to begin to focus on the task ahead of rebuilding their lives.
This can be, and I believe will be, a time for the church of Jesus Christ to shine His love into the darkness of the moment.
Without a doubt, Government and Municipalities can be a great help but as always, churches and ministry groups are leading the way and we want to do our part because every “little bit helps”!
Some of the Christian based Charities we highly recommend are the following:
Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org)
Christ in Action (www.christinaction.com)
Convoy of Hope (www.convoyofhope.org)
If however, you choose to give on Sunday here at (NAME OF CHURCH), please be sure to write your check out to the church. We will then make one check out from the church to send to the Charity we indicated in the early part of this letter.
Matthew 25:40 And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
Most of all, please continue to pray for those impacted by this event and thank you so much for your generous prayers and giving.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Doe
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