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Volunteers Help Others Find God in Crisis

Blog 6.29fixed2Anyone who keeps up with the news knows that there is always crisis in our world.  Power struggles, economic troubles, natural disasters…just  go to the Google News website and search for "crisis."  Last I checked, there are more than 96 million news stories about what's going wrong in the world.

Hitting close to home, Colorado (where Group's offices are located) is experiencing unprecedented wildfires throughout the state. The High Park Fire was one of the first to make national headlines.  It began on June 9th, the result of a lightning strike, and has since burned more than 87,000 acres, destroyed 259 homes, and killed one resident.

As those who were evacuated begin returning to what remains of their homes, volunteers from Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization, are ready to help. The organization leads a volunteer network that sends people around the world to serve those in the middle of crisis.

Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, is hosting one group of volunteers, giving them a place to eat and regroup before heading out and providing support where it's needed.  Those leading the effort say it has been amazing to see how God uses his people to show his love.

Karina Petersen, media relations coordinator for Samaritan's Purse, says that just like those helping in  Fort Collins, volunteers around the country are amazed at what they can do with God's help.

"We do it to show others the love of Jesus Christ," said Petersen. "We say a lot of times with our U.S. disaster relief that we want to be the hands and feet of Christ. We need to do what we've been called to do, and that's show the love of Christ.  And we don't ask for anything in return."

These volunteers want to show God's love by helping others, and often God opens hearts during the process.

"When victims of crisis see these volunteers doing tough and dirty jobs for a complete stranger, it often opens the door to have that conversation about God," said Petersen.

In the midst of crisis, blessing can be found.

"We don't want these tragedies and disasters to happen; we don't wish that on anybody," said Petersen. "But when they do, we are able to work alongside churches, and we have been able to see blessing after blessing. We have seen so much good come out of something so tragic. We see it in every disaster we respond to."

Those of us who work with children need to know that kids may handle crisis in different ways. Petersen says the best thing kids can do to help out is pray. Teach kids how to pray. Explain the importance of prayer and guide them as they pray for everyone who's been affected by tragedy, especially when it hits close to home.

Although many people wonder where God is in the middle of a crisis, the good news is, he is always there, and his people are there, too, ready to give love when hope has been lost.

 "God is in the details in all of it," said Petersen. "We're blessed to see it time and time again."

Posted at 15:47


Thank you Samaritan's Purse and Timberline Church and all those others out there being "Jesus with skin on..."
June 29, 2012 04:36

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