What should I do in times of global disaster?

When watching the evening news or catching up on world events, do you ever ask yourself, "What should I do in times of global disaster?" Sometimes the enormity of what is happening in our world is overwhelming. Devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, civil wars, famines, and other disasters leave us wondering what we can do … what we should do. Millions of people displaced, rising death tolls, unknown numbers of children orphaned. You might be tempted to turn away, to give up in frustration.

Here are three responses EFCC encourages all followers of Jesus Christ to pursue.

(1)  PRAY - God is present with those afflicted in such disasters (Job 36:15, Psalm 10:17-18, Psalm 72:12-13). Pray for those suffering, that God would be merciful to them and bring them hope. Pray that He will deliver them from fear and draw them to Himself. Pray for those bringing aid. Pray that they will have needed resources; that they will have the favor of governments and local authorities with which they must collaborate. Pray that they will minister with His grace and compassion. Pray for their health and safety. Pray for His greater kingdom purposes to be accomplished. Pray that God will enable His church in the afflicted region to rise to the challenge to serve in His name. Pray that such suffering will cause people to turn to God for peace and hope.

(2)  BE INFORMED - Find out what God is doing in these circumstances. There are Christian news outlets that can add to what you are hearing in the secular media. While there is much to be learned from CNN, Fox, MSNBC and other news outlets, the Christian media, such as Missions Network News, Mission Catalyst e-Magazine, The Christian Post, and Christianity Today, can offer a different perspective. Mission agency websites will also offer information on events occurring in the realms of ministry, which will allow you to pray more specifically. Be informed and stay informed!

(3)  GIVE - Christian relief ministry is expensive. In the early days after a disaster, funds are needed to procure supplies. While our natural urge is to send items and to think about volunteering to go, much of disaster relief is technical in nature. Organizations staffed and trained to quickly deploy are usually better positioned to deliver needed aid in an efficient and timely manner. As a disaster moves into the recovery phase there are sometimes opportunities for volunteers. But your best initial response is to give money. Look for reputable organizations that have a track record of effective ministry. EFCC can help you find them. Some with which EFCC regularly partners are World Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, and World Vision.

God wants His church to engage with those who are suffering. Your participation through prayer, donations and staying informed can make a difference.

Global Outreach Ministries
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