Title: Christians Nationwide Mobilizing for Hurricane Victims: 6 Things You Should Know [Video].
The hurricane in Florida is historic. Nothing like it has happened for over 100 years.
In fact, many reporting on TV about the Hurricane’s destruction describe it as an event of biblical proportions.
Thomas Paine once said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” He may as well have been speaking about Hurricane Ian.
People from across the country are making donations, sending food and clothing, and volunteering on the ground in Florida to help those suffering.
It’s this kind of American spirit that French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville, a scholar of American democracy wrote:
“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand her the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Entire communities and cities have been wiped out. The cost of all the death and destruction throughout much of Florida, South Carolina, and beyond will be in the billions.
But the devastation of people losing their homes and possessions and seeing everything destroyed is horrific beyond imagination.
The unreported story is how Christians across America have responded.
I’ve included some videos for you to see…
There are 6 things you should know:
#1: Churches and Christians across the United States have mobilized to help the victims…
Throughout America individual churches, Christian organizations, denominations and individual believers in Christ have mobilized to bring immediate relief —Something the government and FEMA can’t do.
They are doing what the government can’t do, by helping people one-on-one.
Not only that, but they also help hurricane victims’ spiritual needs with prayer and biblical comfort.
My wife went down to Texas after Hurricane Laura hit in 2020, and helped with Samaritan’s Purse, and couldn’t believe how prepared and organized they were. Now that’s being duplicated on a grander scale for Florida.
#2: Christian groups respond immediately…
Churches across the country have created their own “faith-based FEMA”.
Groups like Mennonite Chainsaw Crews, Southern Baptist Feeding Teams, Seventh-Day Adventist Warehousing Experts, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD), Spiritual First Aid, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, and Samaritan’s Purse are just a few of the Christian groups that are in Florida to help those in need.
Other Christian organizers, like Christian Disaster Relief, are sending tractor-trailers filled with food and emergency supplies, and the Southern Baptists of Texas’ Disaster Relief Ministry is setting up field kitchens, staffed with volunteers.
Other groups are sending various supplies, including tools to help with the rebuilding efforts.
#3: The media lie: Global warming is a lie…
Remember when hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters were called “acts of God”?
Socialists now blame these events on global warming — warming caused by man, which is unproven. In fact, for the past 15-20 years the earth has been slightly cooling.
Global warming supporters can’t back up their claims, and can’t account for all the massive hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters since recorded history.
Unfortunately, we are seeing the consequences in our culture of what happens when men reject their Creator and replace Him and His authority with themselves.
When man decides to become his own god, then it follows that man is the cause of all severe weather events… and more. It’s a distortion of reality.
#4: Global warming — The reality…
The media, politicians, and social media are blaming global warming for Hurricane Ian.
Like a Hollywood movie, a villain is needed for every catastrophe.
Why not climate change?
Socialists blame mankind for putting too much carbon into the atmosphere with our factories, and cars.
Blaming this or any hurricane on global warming is scientifically and ethically wrong, according to the author of the book The Skeptical Environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg. Lomborg studies the economic impact of weather. “Factually, their claims are incorrect. In the past 140 years, we have seen fewer hurricanes developing, and they’re less intense,” Lomberg wrote.
In fact, the last category 4 hurricane to hit Florida, with the same devastating power as Ian, happened over 100 years ago — There was no carbon crisis or global warming back then.
#5: Here’s how you can help the victims…
There are many organizations and churches, where the money will go directly to aid, in a powerful way.
If you do not know or trust a source, you can make a donation here to Samaritan’s Purse [Click HERE to make a donation]
You can also:
- Travel to Florida and volunteer to help first responders.
- Donate relief packages through Samaritan’s Purse, and other agencies.
- Work with your church to partner with other churches and ministries on the front lines.
This disaster will need volunteers for at least the next year.
#6: Prayer — Your powerful tool…
Not only do these people need financial help in their restoration efforts, but they also need your prayers. You can be a prayer warrior for those who are hurting and broken from the devastation, and for those responding to try to help them out.
Here are some things to pray about:
- Pray that the Lord provides for their needs and restoration.
- Pray for their healing — emotionally and physically.
- Pray for them to be able to start fresh, with a new perspective for a love of Christ.
- Pray that those who are Christians will be able to reach out.
- Pray for those who are not Christians will come to know Jesus Christ.
- Pray that there will be a revival in Florida.
- Pray for the survivors and volunteers.
- Pray for those who lost a loved one.
- Pray for the people in the Caribbean, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
Please make every day a day of prayer for all the first responders, rescuers, relief workers, volunteers, and victims of this catastrophe.
Remember there is nothing God cannot do.
“Behold I am the Lord… The God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
For those who believe that God abandoned us since our fall into sin, I point out to you 3 faith-affirming reasons he has not:
- Jesus died on the cross for your sins, paying the price to redeem us in full.
- God promises us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:2)
- His word assures us, “There is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God, which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).
God loves us.
The Bible in Luke 19:41 says Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
I believe he is weeping over Florida, the Caribbean, and the entire East Coast.
Even though this is a tragedy, Christians are witnessing God’s magnificent love through their actions, through their love of Christ, and through their spirit.
What we are watching unfold is the best of America in the worst of times.
I saw this while watching the news, people who lost everything were testifying to their faith… God’s love was being professed by survivors, rescuers, and even city mayors and officials.
Let us help with one voice and in one accord.
Pray for protection and a time of recovery before another storm.
Here are some videos I’d like to share that will give you an insight into what the Church is doing and how bad the devastation in Florida is…
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