Helpless is the word that comes to mind as we consider today’s topic of disasters – commonly called ‘natural disasters.’ As Christians, we must refuse to resign to feelings of helplessness and must instead stand in the great promises and instructions of our great shepherd, King Jesus – who has not left us helpless . . .
While the OPC does not have plans to pursue its own disaster response efforts in the region, the Committee on Diaconal Ministries has sent an initial gift of $10,000 to the PCA Mission to North America Disaster Response Ministry – who are hard at work ministering to affected PCA families and others in Louisiana . . .
Thanks be to God for providing strength and safety to both teams and for all the work that was accomplished. I personally was excited to return to Yamamoto after five years to see the progress made in recovering from the tsunami and the impact the Nozomi Center has in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the community . . .
We may not be able to understand the ultimate reasons for the catastrophe that is unfolding before our eyes, but ought we not view this, in part, as an opportunity set before us by divine providence to do what we can to minister to these refugees, especially fellow believers who are being persecuted for their faith . . .