Faith Groups Provide the Bulk of Disaster Recovery, in Coordination with FEMA
If you donate bottles of water, diapers, clothing or any other materials to hurricane victims in Texas or Florida, your donation will likely pass through the hands of the Seventh Day Adventists before it gets to a storm victim.That‚Äôs because the Adventists, over several decades, have established a unique expertise in disaster ‚Äúwarehousing‚ÄĚ collecting, logging, organizing and distributing relief supplies, in cooperation with government disaster response agencies.
Likewise, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is known for its expertise in ‚Äúcase management.‚ÄĚ After the initial cleanup ‚ÄĒ where the Methodists have work crews helping pull mud out of houses ‚ÄĒ the church sends trained volunteers into the wreckage to help families navigate the maze of FEMA assistance, state aid programs and private insurance to help them rebuild their lives. UMCOR also trains other non-profits to send their own case...
After Hurricane Harvey, people were saying, don't give to the Red Cross because they were overly inept. It looks like we need to be overly cautious when supporting agencies. The other night, the liberal has been entertainment cabal raise 14 million after an hourlong of moaning and groaning about global warming.
Why Does God Allow Suffering? Think about how God created the eyes that you are using to gather this question. He created every one of the 137 million light-sensitive cells that make up each eye. He fashioned the focusing muscles that focus your eyes an estimated 100,000 times each day. He made the tear ducts that keep your eyes lubricated, and the lids that automatically blink every few seconds. He made the nerve endings that take the images you see and send them to your amazingly sophisticated brain. He created the subconscious voice in your mind that quietly talks to you and continually feeds you fresh thoughts. He gave you the ability to ask questions about suffering and evil, and that very yearning you have for an explanation. Animals don‚Äôt care about evil & justice or suffering&death, but you do because you are very special‚ÄĒyou were made in the image of your Creator.
Luke13:1-3There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."