Posted: 4/17/18 at 3:00pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 NIV)
What do we do when tragedy strikes? I wrote part of this blog two years ago when the members of Central Baptist Church in Appomattox experienced a tragedy. A tornado struck the church and caused major damage. Tornadoes again came through southside Virginia and other places this past Sunday night. What can Sunday School classes and small groups do to connect when tragedy strikes?
Pray! We must always begin with prayer. Get your group to pray about current events and tragedy. Pray for victims and persons willing to help. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV).
Give! BGAV has one of the top disaster relief programs in the country! The American Red Cross has the BGAV at the top of their calling list. Why? They don’t just help start the process; they see it through to the end. To donate to the current response efforts regarding this week’s tornadoes, visit: bgavdr.org/responses/2018-virginia-tornadoes/
Volunteer for missions. We are all called to use our gifts for the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission is clear. Trained volunteers are important. Millennials and Baby Boomers want to see that churches care about community outside of the church walls. (Please always remember to work with first responders in ways you can help on the ground. Don’t just go into a disaster response zone without permission!) Use the following links to learn some specific ways you can help with BGAV Disaster Response:
To seek training in crisis care ministry: bgavdr.org/crisiscare/
To donate tangible items for ongoing disaster response needs: bgavdr.org/floodbuckets/
Use your skills to mentor others. While you are serving those in need, bring along someone you can mentor. (Remember the Great Commission.) Central Baptist had the entire Appomattox High School football team come on that Saturday two years ago to remove debris. What would happen if other youth and adults came to connect with these football players? (They went undefeated and won the 2A state championship the year before.) What are you doing to help the next generation?
Please keep us posted about your area and ways we can assist when tragedy strikes.