Early this morning I was startled by a change in the forecast that is now predicting 20 inches of rain in some parts of Florida and a report of people catching catfish in their front yard. This is shocking in that 24 hours ago their front yard was simply grass, not a lake or river. This is unfolding on the heels of the devastating rains and floods in Louisiana and parts of the southeast coast that damaged 60,000 homes.
I thank God for the body of Christ and the move of God through the Church to bring the very best kind of help to those in need. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a wonderful gift to the United Methodist Church in terms of running point on assessing the need, then organizing the response so our resources and desire to help can be maximized. UMCOR is also a great help to the families traumatized by these kinds of natural disasters and exercises a tremendous agent of witness for Christ to people both within the church and outside of the church in their times of need.
God’s great command in Galatians 6:2, Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ is the best kind of help. We bring not only practical help in terms of humanitarian aid, but we also bring the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ reminding people they are never alone and that Christ is with them always. Join me today in reaching out with the love and compassion of Christ to those in need and connect with UMCOR to maximize your help to God’s glory!