Individuals can make a difference as disaster relief missionaries
Hurricane Isaac spared the Gulf Coast from the level of devastation witnessed during Hurricane Katrina, these mighty storms provide a glimpse into the true destructive power of nature. While the aftermath of Isaac could have been far worse, the storm left thousands of people without power and shelter. Individuals who want to make a real difference in the lives of survivors of natural disasters can enroll in Christian colleges and universities to learn about disaster relief missionary work.
A helping hand
Dozens of Christian missions collectives are actively involved in disaster relief missions. Such groups often coordinate with larger relief and aid organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross. Disaster relief missionaries help with a variety of vital tasks in the wake of natural disasters, including food distribution, processing of homeless individuals, coordination of search parties and rescue operations, rebuilding initiatives and volunteering in medical supply checkpoints.
Helping others in need is one of the most important tenets of the Christian faith. This is evidenced in Bible verses such as 1 John 3:17, which reads, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” It is one thing for men and women of faith to merely tell others about their love of the Lord – it is another thing entirely to show people through selfless acts of help and assistance.
Finding disaster relief missions
Once they have gained the skills and knowledge necessary for effective missions work, men and women of faith can find ways to help the survivors of natural disasters in a variety of ways. Some Christian colleges and universities work closely with relief organizations, providing students with contacts and opportunities to serve the Lord and help those who need it most.
Alternatively, students can find their own opportunities to serve through organizations such as Christian Outreach International (COI). These groups work both domestically and internationally in a range of areas, including disaster relief. No matter where men and women of faith feel called to serve, groups like COI are always in need of dedicated individuals.
Other groups motivated individuals can contact to locate missions opportunities include Global Frontier Missions, Serving in Missions and Heart for Missions. With a desire to serve the Lord and a willingness to do whatever it takes, committed men and women of faith can find missions opportunities to help those who need it most.