At least 35 Charis churches reside in the impact zone of Hurricane Florence, slated to make landfall on Friday, September 14. Encompass Crisis Response and the Charis Fellowship are standing ready to help with preparations for her arrival or in the aftermath.
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.
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:
It's been almost a year since Barb Wooler and Wayne Hannah organized the 30 Days to a More Resilient Faith devotional, which helps make sense of suffering and pain in light of God’s divine plan.