Jeremy Rosario Maldonado’s heart ached as he watched news coverage of the devastation from Hurricane Maria. Originally from Puerto Rico, the victims of the storm were his family members, friends, and former neighbors. He knew he had to do something to help.
Volcanoes in Guatemala and Hawaii. Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Rising floodwaters in Sri Lanka. Disasters like these are reminders that the world is a broken place where terrible things happen, but we as the church can be a part of God’s redemptive work to bring help and hope to people in crisis.
Coming this January in Ohio, a team of specialists will be conducting a 3-day Trauma Care seminar for those interested in learning how to better serve those in crisis.
Hurricanes. Fires. Earthquakes. And more on the way. What in the world is going on? God alone knows. C.S. Lewis said, "Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world, to draw people closer to himself and into his purposes." But we can know this…God is at work in the fields of disaster and is inviting the Church to join him there.
As Hurricane Irma churned its way across the Carribean, Grace Brethren congregations in Florida prepared in case the storm would make landfall on the peninsula. GraceConnect surveyed the pastors about how they are preparing for what has been labeled the largest hurricane in recorded history.
9/6/2017 Update: A coalition of local churches in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church (FGBC) is coming together to serve alongside multiple churches in the Houston area. There will be an introductory meeting with Barb Wooler on Friday, September 8, at 2:00 PM Eastern time. Things are progressing with:
In the last several weeks, heavy rain showers, brought on by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, have generated an extreme crisis on the Peruvian coast.
UPDATE 2/6/2017: "My family is well. God answered your prayers on behalf of my siblings. The news I got is that my mom and other relatives are fine in another village where they fled to protect them from the rebels attack last Thursday in Bocaranga. Please continue to pray for their severe humanitarian condition they are in now. People in Bocaranga my home town need food, water, but above all, they want protect and peace. Thanks for your support." --Augustin