Dear Sisters and Brothers of North District,
“When the Storms of life surround us, stand by me.” This is a line from one of my favorite hymns and it is playing in my head as I write this email. We are all feeling the effect of the lives across the world being taken, being challenged, and becoming displaced and distressed in Mexico, across the Caribbean, and in the USA.
It saddens my heart to see such suffering- and for so many of us- this close to home. My brother and family live in western Florida. They were able to survive and cared for people in an assisted living center throughout Erma’s lashing. A young couple in my former church lived on St. Thomas Island and they have nothing but a few clothes left. They survived, but many have not.
News of hurricanes and earthquakes are being brought to us daily, and the storms will never cease. So while the news can capture our attention, the Lord is calling on us to be “captured” in prayer. The call to prayer is not only for this day, but for every day that is to come. The effects of the hurricanes and earthquakes will last for months and even years. As long as we have breath, let us pray and praise the Lord.
So what can we do? The most effective and immediate way each of us can make a tangible difference is through immediate donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Please put out this plea to all of your members and keep the following donation information before your congregations:
Online donations may be made at:
Checks made payable to UMCOR may be sent to:
458 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
You may also donate by phone at: 1-888-252-6174
Please indicate Advance #901670 for United States Disaster Response or Advance #982450 for International Disaster Response on all donations.
Let us pray;
You have given us a world of such magnificent beauty and nature that can bring life. You have also created the course of nature which brings death and rebirth. Give our hearts courage during these disasters to reach out and become the carriers of love and restoration. Teach us how to be the Body of Jesus Christ, as you calm the storms within us. In Jesus Name, Amen”
Jesus has calmed the storms before, and he will calm the storm within us through constant prayer.
Pastor Jim Powell,
North District Superintendent