May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Disaster Relief

Today’s scripture to meditate on: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3)

Yesterday, Chris and I watched in agony as the tornadoes in Oklahoma touched down and tore across Moore and surrounding towns. Our hearts broke as we saw the leveled homes and schools and we thought about the loss of innocent life.

In times of intense pain and suffering it can be extremely difficult to see God’s hand or feel his presence. “God where are you? What are you doing? Do you still care?” These are the kinds of questions we’ve all asked at some point during the past several months as our nation has weathered various tragedies. We live in a world that has been saved by Christ’s sacrifice but still remains broken until he returns to earth again. And as much as I wish I could explain every painful part of life, the reality is that none of us can explain why horrible things sometimes happen to God’s children.

Chris and I believe that the church is the hope of the world. Before the largest tornado had even dissipated Chris was on the phone organizing our disaster response teams. I do believe, that despite all the pain, there will be some truly inspiring stories of hope that come out of the destruction in Oklahoma and Woodlands Church is committed to being part of that hope.

Maybe you watched the news yesterday and thought, “What can I do to help?” First, Chris and I encourage you to pray. We believe that prayer has the power to change lives and we have already heard stories of lives being spared by God’s provision and protection. As you pray, we also encourage you to ask God if he would want you to give. We are sending disaster relief teams from Woodlands Church this week and will be working with our friends at LifeChurch in Oklahoma to put boots on the ground and begin assisting in the rescue and recovery.

Click here to give to the Woodlands Church disaster relief fund or volunteer to join the disaster response team.

We as the church are the hands and feet of Christ to a hurting world. Please join us in serving, prayer, and support.

Kerry & Chris