As we begin, please be aware that relief is not a hurry-up proposition, not in the way we must approach it. For us, disaster relief will be a marathon endeavor which will depend on thorough preparation and a long view. So be patient! There is much to do, especially at the outset. My family lived in eastern North Carolina in the fall of ’99, when we were hit by hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in the space of 13 days. Our home fared well, but hundreds of homes nearby were lost, including several in our congregation. I understand the feeling to rush quickly to the stricken community, but I can tell you from experience that a steady, determined pace is more helpful to the victims.
HOUSTON? FLORIDA? VIRGINIA?? – We will go where we can most easily go, to impact the maximum number of people possible. After Hurricane Sandy, we made several trips to Crisfield, Maryland, less than three hours away. There was no need to travel to New Jersey.
CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Yes! Whether you go once or several times, you will make a difference in someone’s life. If you cannot go, then your prayers, giving, and other support will make the same difference. There are no superstars in relief work, and there is no insignificant role.
OUR NEXT STEPS – After the next elders meeting, later this month, I will have more direction in some key areas. You can expect the first training event to occur in October. It’s unclear when the first trip will occur, but it may happen before Christmas.
TRAINING CONTENT – Three sessions will probably be adequate for our initial training. Time and location information will be published as soon as possible. I expect that each session will be offered more than once, to meet the needs of new volunteers coming on board. Among the topics will be disaster site organization, first aid, residential flood mitigation, personal evangelism, and personal preparation.
HELP WANTED – If you have experience in any of the topics I listed, please let me know. I’d love to get you involved in the training. Also, if you’re a spreadsheet or database person, I’d be grateful for your help with our soon-to-grow roster. Details are not my gift, just so you know. Ask my wife. Or anyone who knows me.
If you have questions, please send them to the same address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you soon!
Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 10:42 AM EDT