Our hearts are moved for the people of Greater Houston and now the impending targets of Hurricane Irma. There is also currently a flooding emergency in Nepal which we, at World Concern, are responding to with our partners.
There are disasters and floods all over the world, all the time. World Concern is ready to respond and does so on a regular basis. The experience of numerous disaster over decades of work helps us understand the challenges today and the challenges that will exist in a impacted community following a disaster.
No one knows those challenges better than Chris Sheach, our Director of Disaster Relief. Chris is a recognized expert in recovery work. He not only leads World Concern’s Disaster Relief efforts, but has worked in Emergency Response with Food for the Hungry and Emergency Shelter Projects for Samaritan’s Purse. Chris also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Crown College in Minnesota and has two Master’s degrees in Disaster and Emergency Management.
I asked Chris, how should we pray for these communities impacted by these disasters? He responded, “Pray for safety. Pray for support in cleanup. And prayer for community leaders who will guide the rebuilding of the affected areas.” Three points — safety, support and leadership.
May Chris’ suggestions specifically guide you as you continue to lift up these communities with your prayers.
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