Hello TTW Friends,
Pastor Kris here with a quick note to send our love and compassion to all our friends hit by the recent hurricanes. One of the side-effects of having a ministry that reaches people in all parts of the world is that disaster relief has become much more personal to me. When we see natural disasters on the news, I think it’s a fairly common response to think quickly through your friends and family and wonder, “Do I know anyone there?” I know I do it. That’s human. But recently an additional thought has crept into my response. “I wonder if any of our TTW listeners were hit?” I realize that we have friends all over the world now, and I can’t help but care what happens to them, and pray that God would send His people to help. It’s not always easy to care, but it’s been good for my heart.
Hurricane relief in particular has been very personal to me for some time. In 2005 we were part of a relief team to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit. That relief work turned into a church plant, and my family moved there for five years to help. (In fact, TTW was born in Mississippi, and you’ll still hear it on our original recordings). While we were in hurricane country, we witnessed firsthand the amazing work that God does through relief work, and the outpouring of love and compassion that came from God’s people all over the country was just amazing. So as we pray for our friends hit by Hurricanes Michael, Florence and more, we pray with confidence, knowing that God can and will use even this for His purpose, and He will work it all for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purposes. Our prayers are with you.
At the same time, we know that the God’s help so often comes in the form of God’s people showing up to make a difference. Teams of relief workers are there now, and they need more. And they need financial support! Following are links to organizations that we support and that we saw do amazing work after Katrina years ago, and who continue to respond effectively to disasters around the world. We encourage and endorse your support for them – and they provide amazing opportunities to volunteer. If ever you see news of disaster and question what God is doing – I would strongly encourage you to volunteer and show up before you answer that question. You may be amazed at what you see when God’s people show up and bring compassion and real help. For those of you hit personally, we love you and we pray for you, and we trust that God is sending help!
|Images borrowed from Samaritan’s Purse – use link above.