An Appeal for Disaster Relief
pouring rain and tempestuous seas, the cyclone of the century on May 2
swallowed up broad swaths of coastal
May 12, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 rattled
Dear brothers and sisters. How do we respond to the human suffering in these two lands caused by the horrendous calamities? Besides calling upon God on behalf of those in dire circumstances, interceding for those workers engaged in rescuing lives, ameliorating hazards, assisting the needy and distributing aid, and asking God for His mercy and comfort for the victims, we should also put thought into practice and give monetary support to the tasks of relief and re-building. “Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.” As for choosing the right voluntary aid organizations as recipient, this writer has the following suggestions: 1) pick those institutions with good reputations and solid experience in disaster relief; 2) pick those institutions that apply a smaller percentage of donations to their administrative costs; and 3) pick those institutions with Christian backgrounds.
At our meeting last Sunday, the elders and deacons of the church unanimously approved the donation of $2,000 from our Caring Fund to the Gospel Operation International for relief and rebuilding in Myanmar after their cyclone, and $2,000 to the Chinese Christian Mission of Canada in conjunction with the Culture Regeneration Research Society for rescue and school-rebuilding in Sichuan after their earthquake. As well, this writer calls upon everyone on behalf of our Pastoral team, elders and deacons to give generously as individuals and as fellowships towards this disaster assistance, sparing nothing, thereby displaying our love in action so that God may be glorified.
brothers and sisters are moved to have a part in the good deeds of relief and
rebuilding, and wish to donate towards the above charitable works, you may
choose to do the following: 1) remit your donation to the aforementioned
organizations through the church. Please put your gift into one of our church’s
offering envelopes, check off the box for Caring Fund and write down either
The Canadian address for the Gospel Operation International is
address for the Chinese Christian