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 . . .
Many in the church have been asking if the OPC has a conduit for participating in bringing relief to those who have been affected by the earthquakes that have devastated the country of Nepal. It is an encouragement to see the diaconal care and concern exhibited by OPC members as they persistently desire to demonstrate compassion towards those who are suffering, even in such far away places.
The darkness of our once busy neighborhoods was so complete. The silence, where once there were friends, so depressing. We felt so alone. It all took a change when the truck came around the corner. The truck stopped in front of my house. A young lady from Virginia, with a beautiful smile, offered me dumplings. I cried at her kindness. At that moment, I knew I was not alone . . .
We have been once again stunned by the magnitude of devastation wreaked by a natural disaster, as one week ago Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept across the Philippines. Consistent with the response of the church to past disasters of such magnitude, there seems to be a ground-swell of longing to help . . .