Hurricane Michael - Recovery of Faith
Phoenix, AZ October 12, 2018
Hurricane Michael may be going down as one of the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history. Agencies and citizens across Florida and several connecting states must now deal with the aftermath of this monster storm. Search and Rescue teams have confirmed the death toll has reached 11, with as many as 280 or more still missing in some coastal areas. Hurricane Michael forced some Florida hospitals to close entirely and others to evacuate their patients. In addition to the hospitals, 15 assisted living facilities and five nursing homes have shut down as well.
The External Affairs Director for Governor Rick Scott has posted a link for those trying to locate missing persons: www.fdoh.readyop.com. At least 1 million people in North Florida and Georgia are affected by power outages. FEMA Administrator Brock Long is cautioning people not to return to areas that were hardest hit by the hurricane due to downed power lines and damaged gas lines. He stated that reentering the areas prematurely would be putting one’s life in danger unnecessarily, so please heed the warning and exercise patience.
ReadyFL Church Advisor Rev John Jackson says: “Let us be reminded of the Scriptural admonition in Proverbs 14:31 ‘He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.’ As we are collaborating with churches, ministries, government and non-government agencies to assess the most critical needs throughout the affected areas we urgently need YOU whether you live inside or outside Florida!”
In any crisis 90% of people will ask “Where is God in this?” As much as Hurricane Michael has wracked devastation the opportunity to share the Gospel by being spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically ready will reap large dividends for all eternity. Find out how you can become a ReadyChristian, ReadyChurch or ReadyCity responding in unity.
It is estimated that over 200,000 people may need to be sheltered long term after Hurricane Michael. Before sheltering, avoid compromising your own security or making decisions which will deny survivors delivery of services to which they are entitled by downloading: Questions to Ask Before Sheltering 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) www.DisasterAssistance.gov
ReadyFL Safety Security Officer, Kurt Jordan says: “Over 1800 law enforcement officers have already been deployed with over 1000 Search and Rescue personnel. Please pray that the situation remains calm and orderly and that our first responders have the capacity they need to respond quickly and effectively to deter any unrest”.
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- For Hurricane Michael victims and First Responders to have protection from further harm and physical stamina in the midst of a long term response which may last up to two years.
- For Christian relief workers to live out the admonition for unity among believers and demonstrate sensitively the love of Jesus Christ in the midst of the rescue and recovery efforts.
- For Christians who have evacuated to find safety and protection while traveling and to shine the light of Christ even in the midst of the suffering their own devastation.
- For Churches to unite to assist in the response effort with wisdom.
- Prayerfully consider sheltering or supporting a family whom you know well or who have evacuated as many may be out of their homes long-term.
- When responding to someone you do not know well, insure you read “Questions to Ask Before Sheltering”
- Send a note of thanks to a first responder in your area to express gratitude for how they put their lives on the line for you and for those affected by Hurricane Michael every day.
- With believers this is a time to stand stronger together in unity.
- With those who are seeking the only way to have Hope in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty is to place their faith in Jesus alone as Lord and Savior.