No one plans to fall on hard times, but it comes as part of life that hard times sometimes fall on us. They come in many forms – health issues, financial hardship, broken relationships, and sometimes local or widespread disasters like fires, floods, earthquakes, power outages, riots, or terrorism. Whatever the cause, suffering is the result.
But suffering doesn't have to be the end of the story.
God understands suffering, and He has provided a solution by calling His people to be there to bring hope and help to those in need. (Mat 25:31-46)
When suffering strikes in your community, is your church prepared to answer God's call? Are you personally prepared to help your church answer that call? Even if your heart is there, it takes preparation to be ready to make a difference. Like the five foolish virgins in Matthew 25, you may miss the opportunity if you aren't prepared.
The story of the Good Samaritan tells of a man whose hard times came at the hands of robbers. The religious leaders passed by and didn't care. But the Good Samaritan was not only willing, but also had the resources to meet the need.
But the best part is that you don't have to wait for disaster to strike to show the love of Jesus to your community. You can use your own preparedness efforts to build relational bridges to those around you. Your church can become the “go to” resource for preparedness as your neighbors and civic leaders seek to be better prepared. They will see you in a new light as you demonstrate your interest in building a more resilient community.
If you're interested in being salt and light in your community, Disaster Resource Alliance is here to help equip you. Let us help you be prepared to meet the physical and spiritual needs of your community through disaster preparedness and response.
Orange County Emergency Management Organization (OCEMO)
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