Lately it seems like we have had a surge in natural disasters. The U.S. has been hit with two hurricanes, flooding, and severe fires. Mexico was with a hurricane followed by an earthquake. The Hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean islands. Japan, Burma, China-- and a number of other regions have been hit with flooding, earthquakes, or other disasters.
I am not equating these with end time prophecies, only saying it seems more than usual lately. These things always occur, and sometimes they cluster.
So what does your church handle being involved with disaster relief. I assume that we all pray for these victims, and for God to somehow use these things for good and bring Him glory.
But when it comes to contributions, what do you do? For local tornado relief, we might collect food and toiletries. But for these big ones, we steer people to Samaritan's Purse. A pastor friend says his church takes up a special offering and sends that offering to Samaritan's Purse. For disasters in our country, some churches collect food donations and truck them over.
How does your church handle it? Feel free to comment, because it is impossible to capture every potential response toward financial aid.
You are also encouraged to share ideas.