2016-06-30

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An Active Church


In a city that has seen its population double since Hurricane Katrina hit, one Baton Rouge church, South Baton Rouge Church of Christ has sprung into action. Volunteers immediately came together to provide daytime drivers for shelter residents, gather, process, and load onto trucks food and clothing donations, and personally deliver shipments of donated goods to the most storm-weary locations in New Orleans and their own area. Like so many other churches nationwide and in the Gulf Coast region, faith has translated into action for these congregants.

Triple Generosity


Beliefnet reader lynn_1217 shared a story from her South Carolina town. She writes, "There is a Methodist Church here that has a disaster relief thing all set up. They went and picked up group of 18 or so [evacuees]. They traveled about 10 miles and stopped for gas. They had brought two Blue Bird busses because they weren't sure how many were going to be in that one particular area. A man at the gas station had noticed the kind of "evacuee"-look on some of the faces and asked what was going on. The leader of our town's church told him. He said "I will pay for all of your gas!" Two Blue Bird buses at around $3.30 a gallon.

But that is not all! It was late, and these people hadn't eaten a hot meal in over two days. The pastor took them to a close-by restaraunt and told them to "order up" whatever they desired. Guess what...that same man who paid for the gas was already there! He came over and of course sat and talked. He picked up ALL the meals. With the people and church members, that was 27 meals! But..that was not all. He also said seeing as he seemed to be at the right place at the right time twice for these people, he cut a check to the church for $2500 dollars to help our efforts to get these evacuees on their feet. God is SO very very good.

Giving What We Can


Beliefnet reader Boadicea writes about her idea of how to help hurricane victims despite her lack of money to donate. She writes, "I have a huge stash of leftover yarn (yep - I'm a knitter). So I dug out a teddy bear pattern I found and I'm knitting up teddies (they're approximately 9" high and more like a pillow). I have a friend who owns a bookstore, and I'm going to ask if I can set up a display whereby people can give a $5 donation toward the "bear necessities" and get a knitted teddy bear for themselves. All donations will be given to either Salvation Army or American Red Cross. Any teddies not sold I intend to pack up and mail off to wherever to be distributed to children of those families who survived Katrina."

A Spiritual Calling


Associated Press writer Rachel Zoll describes the motivations and heroic actions of several chaplains and clergypeople who are lending their hands in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. From offering to pray with victims to taking out garbage and changing the diapers of the elderly, those on the ground continue to go beyond traditional ideas of "ministry." The storm, she reports, is also bringing together communities in new ways--one church that has become home to several evacuees held its first wedding ever for a black couple.

Strength in Numbers


Scroll through the posts on the Presidential Prayer Team's website and you will see "Stories of God's People Responding" in every state in America. From assembling "hope kits" to send to evacuees to adopting families into their own homes to raising money over the radio air waves, the list catalogues responses by people of faith to a national disaster.

Muslim Support on the 9/11 Anniversary


They said that the date was just a coincidence, but over 2,000 Houston Muslims volunteered on September 11 to serve food and otherwise help those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Groups wanting to volunteer were drawn by random lottery and assigned dates--the Houston Muslim community was chosen for Sunday. In addition to getting to serve the poor and homeless, the volunteers were excited to share with the larger community that Islam is a religion of caring and love, not extremism and violence. "If today not only happens to be a day where we are feeding people and helping people and doing our Islamic duties ... but at the same time it also presents an opportunity to dispel myths about Islam and terrorism, then so be it," said Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.