It has been a heartbreaking week as we have witnessed people in Haiti, Cuba, and the US suffer from the impact of Hurricane Matthew. I know they have been in your prayers and on your mind. Our close neighbors here in NC are still being affected as flooding will continue through Monday in some areas of our state.
Our denomination’s Crisis Response team has been busy evaluating the areas impacted by the flooding. We met with them this morning and have a better idea of ways that we, as a church body, can meet some of the physical needs as well as look towards how to meet the emotional and spiritual needs. We received a “mini-lesson” on the psychological impacts of natural disaster and why our denomination has adopted their strategy. If you would like to read more about the philosophy of EFCA’s Crisis Response, please visit the website here.
Many of you have expressed the desire to help, so please see the ways below that you can be part of the hurricane relief efforts:
- Bring gift cards from Home Depot or Lowe’s this weekend and weekends to follow and leave at the Welcome Centers of either campus.
- If you would like to make a financial donation through our denomination, please donate at this link. The money donated through this link will be going towards work in Haiti, Cuba, as well as the US. By the way, our partners in Cuba have not been affected. They have let us know that they are ok, and that the damage to Cuba is on the opposite end of the island.
- Join a crisis response team. There are already opportunities to go to Hilton Head for the day or longer to begin helping with cleanup. Please contact Leif Anderson if you are interested in being on a team. There are future opportunities for families to go, as well as teens.
We also have a church partnership with an EFCA church in Pinehurst, NC who are meeting some of the initial needs in Lumberton, NC. This city was hit especially hard and have been told that they will not have water for possibly another 4-6 weeks. so we will be looking for ways to join their efforts as well (this is the church that we partner with in our ministry to Costa Rica).
Thank you so much for being a body of believers who cares about our nation and world.