Discipleship through Disaster Relief?

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Demonstrating compassion is something the church is uniquely qualified to do!”

Plano, TX

 
Volunteers from the local church serve meals out of the back of a truck in Wilmington, NC following Hurricane Florence.

Volunteers from the local church serve meals out of the back of a truck in Wilmington, NC following Hurricane Florence.

The 2019 ACNA Provincial Assembly is nearly here. Can you believe that the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is celebrating 10 years?

This year, a host of well renown speakers will be teaching on discipleship. If you are Anglican, we hope you will come and bring others from your church. This is a great time to celebrate what God has been doing through the Anglican church. Here is a teaser video!

The theme of the Assembly is discipleship, a topic dear to our hearts. At ARDF, it is our joy to see the local church disciple others in practical ways by reaching out to their communities.

This is especially true for disaster relief. It won’t surprise you that when churches reach out to their neighbors in time of need, many of the activities involve building deep relationships. Yes, the church can be the one to hand out clothes and water. But larger government agencies also do that. The church is more likely to bring a relational element to distributing aid, whether it is through provide housing, or childcare, trauma healing, or prayer. Demonstrating compassion is something the church is uniquely qualified to do!

For example, following Hurricane Harvey, Apostles Houston became an authorized Red Cross shelter. George and Selena (names changed to protect their privacy) were one of the families whose home was completely flooded. They came to the shelter at Apostles Church Houston and met an Apostles family. This family opened their home to the couple and helped them with repairs to their flooded vehicle. George and Selena now faithfully attend worship each week and have become a part of the Apostles family.

St. Paul’s in Conway, SC, led by Jason Collins, has been slowly helping neighbors “mud out” after Hurricane Florence hit in 2018. “Mudding out” is a long, tedious, cleaning-out process, giving plenty of time to share stories, prayer requests, and testimonies.

On Tuesday June 18th, ARDF will offer a workshop on what ARDF disaster relief looks like. Come hear panelists talk about the process of preparing and responding to a natural disaster. We will also go over the process that ARDF uses to both raise and distribute funds.

We’d love to see you in Plano! Come and be inspired by the great work being done by the local church.

 

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