We all watched with anxious hearts as Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. For us the anxiety was compounded by concern for adult children living in the Washington, D. C. and Boston areas and cousins living in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Thankfully all came through the storm safely. As I watch the news, I am conscious that this is not the case for everyone. While life can easily slip back into our normal routines, I want to urge us as a people of faith, hope and love not to forget what has just taken place. Please explicitly keep the victims of Hurricane Sandy in your prayers. As God leads you in your prayer life, respond in faithful loving action. Recalling the words of James, “I’ll show you my faith by putting it into practice in faithful action,” (James 2:18, CEB). I call upon us to reach out in faithful action in response to those hurting from Sandy’s impact. The Central Texas Conference website www.ctcumc.org (see article, “Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response,”) or go to http://ctcumc.org/news/detail/314 for concrete ways to help. Three specific immediate responses to Sandy are:
- Pray - pray for those who have lost family members and those who have been injured. Pray for those who have lost homes and businesses. Pray for the First Responders who are traveling thousands of miles to help get heat and electricity back to the homes, towns and cities. Pray for those on the ground who give aid and comfort.
- You can give to UMCOR through this link. Donate to UMCOR US Disaster Response, Advance #901670, and select Hurricanes 2012 from the drop-down menu. You can also text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give an immediate $10 donation.
- Your churches can collect funds for relief supplies or you can make up cleaning buckets or health kits. See the UMCOR website for details to make-up these needed supplies: umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. You can contact Sager Brown for shipping information 337.923.6238.