Nov
12
2012

Hurricanes, Snow Storms, and Gas Lines

The last three weeks have been somewhat surreal.

Many of you know that Theresa and I were on vacation during the last two weeks of October, leaving before anyone had even heard of Sandy. While our vacation was amazing (more on that later), we returned home to a Long Island that was reeling from the devastation that Sandy had left in her wake. While our home was relatively untouched, several of our friends and neighbors were (and are) without power (at last count there are still nearly 150,000 people without power), and while our friends and family were spared significant loss, there are a great many families within a short drive that have lost everything.

In the midst of it all, it has been incredible to see the Christian community rallying around Long Island. Local churches are stepping up to care for the communities around them, and work teams from all over the country have descended upon Long Island to help take the first steps toward rebuilding the lives of those who live on the south shore.

Over the last few days I have been asked numerous times about how people can help… here is what I have told them:

  • Pray: This may seem obvious, but it is a huge need. There are many, many hurting people up here that need the comfort that only comes from our God. Pray for the residents of Long Island, and all that are involved in the recovery effort. I’d also ask you to pray for the spiritual conversations that always come during times like this.
  • Give: There are a great deal of financial needs as a result of the hurricane. There are any number of national charities that you may support, OR if you would rather give to one of the ministries that are involved in recovery efforts, I’d love to help connect you with some of the churches up here that are doing phenomenal work.
  • Come: There is a great need for work teams right now. While skilled workers are always nice, the most pressing need is for teams that are willing to clean out flood damaged homes. If you are interested in sending a team, I’d love to help connect you with the ministries that can most use your help.

Will YOU commit to praying for Long Island?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

Over the last fifteen years I have been a Church Planter, Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, and now I serve churches through coaching (churchsimple.net), providing online giving services (egiveusa.com), and through keeping them informed (ministrybriefing.tv). I love Jesus, my wife, the Redskins and Capitals and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ.