Visits like this are important for me to meet and connect with people in local churches as it gives me contacts in each church that I can reach out to should a disaster strike in that community. Further, it helps to expand the reaches of this ministry, which is a big goal for this year. Speaking of goals, here are the goals I set our for this year:
- Outreach - Inform local churches about the ministry so that I can have contact information should a disaster strike nearby and they would have my contact information should they need my help.
- Key Leaders - Develop a network of key leaders who would be the key liaison between local churches and MNA Disaster Response. To this end, we are planning a key leader training this year in each presbytery that I serve.
- Raise Support - My prayer is that I could raise enough support so that my efforts may be focused on the work of the ministry rather than constantly trying to raise support. Any contribution to this work is much appreciated.
- Engage Churches - A strong, underlying objective in each of the goals above is that God's people would engage in grace and mercy with those whose lives have been disrupted. It is exciting to see Grace Community Trenton (my church) put together flood buckets at the Disaster Warehouse in Rome and to see the folks at Grace Presbyterian Church in Fort Payne, Alabama to take a weekend relief trip to South Carolina to help build a house. As we move out in mercy and grace in Jesus' name, God is glorified and His Son is worshiped and enjoyed.
Please let me know how I can help your church to move out in mercy and grace.