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Start Your Disaster Relief Team

Thu, 14 May 2009 - 3:33 PM CST

By Robert J. Michels

"In the wake of the September 11 terrorists' attacks, Americans are pulling together in silent acts of heroism. With the American response and more conflict on the horizon, many will turn to God and the Church for practical assistance, comfort, and questions of eternal importance. Here is a resource to help your church mobilize its members. It is a wonderful starting point outlining suggestions for a 10-step plan of action that will guide them in assisting local emergency personnel, victims, and their families within the first week of a crisis."

So begins a "Church Crisis Relief Plan" developed by the Church Development and Education team of the Northern California-Nevada District of the Assemblies of God. In partnership with hundreds of ministers around the nation this resource was put together to inform local congregations on how to mobilize their members to assist in disaster relief efforts. We in the Disaster Relief office of the national Benevolences Department would like to encourage all local congregations of the Assemblies of God to consider the formation of Disaster Relief teams. We have seen the destruction of recent disasters and have heard reports that this was not an isolated event but that more will follow. Where or when or how we do not know. But now is the time to prepare.†

The Benevolences ministry of Disaster Relief helps rebuild Assemblies of God churches damaged or destroyed by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, and other catastrophes. Because concerned friends have supported this vital ministry throughout the years, and especially for particular disasters, funds can be made available immediately to churches in need. They in turn can begin rebuilding and ministering to a community who needs them more than ever before. During this most recent disaster of 9/11, Disaster Relief was able to send much-needed funds to Assemblies of God ministries distributing food as well as helping local churches and individuals through the crisis.

Do not wait until it is too late; the next disaster may be in your own community. Ask your pastor or church board to consider starting a Disaster Relief team in your church or in partnership with another local church or section. Sign up for the new Disaster Relief news update at: This e-mail news service will keep you and your church abreast of all the latest when a disaster hits. Information can also be obtained from the Disaster Relief Web site† †

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