The Committee on Diaconal Ministries has engaged Rev. Al Tricarico to participate in its investigation of how best to minister to refugees long-term both in Word and deed . . . To date, the OPC has received over $31,000 in gifts designated for refugee relief . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
It has been 18 months since Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard of the USA, wreaking havoc in its wake. The OPC was able to respond to this disaster, thanks to our on-site coordinators and many other volunteers who contributed their time and skills to help OP families and their friends and neighbors deal with the aftermath of the storm and get back into their homes . . .