What can we do to help people affected by disasters like Typhoons, Cyclones and Tsunamis. The partners that provide the support to start new churches in these poor communities are helping put first responders, with the love of Jesus, right in the places where they will be needed most. By starting a new church and sharing the gospel, teaching and making disciples of the new members–a team of responders are available the next time a disaster happens.
Many of the people that live in these communities, live in very simple structures made from the local building materials available. The Pastors and their families help the members of the church reach out in love to assist their neighbors. Often the congregation will share their own limited resources with non-members who have lost everything. This example of self-sacrifice becomes a tremendous testimony of how the love of Jesus is displayed in real life situations.
Our support for the salary to sustain the pastor and his family is designed to provide the means to get the church started. After they get established then the congregation begins to support the ministry and sustain the local church. The ministry keeps helping the community over and over. In addition to the initial response after the disaster – local pastors provide ongoing leadership to help manage resources and get the whole community back on their feet.
We need more partners to share their resources to help start new churches. Then we have a network of local survivors who love the Lord and will minister to their neighbors when a disaster strikes.