Sunday, March 20, 2011

How you can help

Now that we are over a week past the earthquake and tsunami disasters, people are starting to ask how to be involved. And, we are starting to have answers.

Here are two ways to get involved:

1. PRAY! I mentioned this in my last post, as well. Prayer continues to be the most important way to be involved in the relief efforts. Here are some specifics to pray about:
-Pray for the people who are living in the evacuation centers. Supplies are slowly, slowly, getting to them. Most of the places still have no running water or electricity, and, although today was warmer, it is supposed to get cold again.
-Pray for relief and rescue workers. Pray for strength, compassion, and rest.
-Pray for those who still have not found loved ones. There are still over 10,000 people unaccounted for.
(This is in no way an inexhaustible list!)

There are many organizations helping in the relief efforts. Here are some which can get you started in your search:
Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope (CRASH) is a network supporting Christians to do relief work in Japan and around the world. CRASH equips and prepares churches and missions to be there to help their communities when disasters strike and coordinates Christian volunteers to work with local ministries in the event of a disaster.

Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Thank you for taking time to read this, to pray for Japan and to consider how you can be involved.

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