Maui Churches After Fire, CA Baptist DR Respond After Hurricane & Prayer Through Grief
Gay Williams and her husband John have been leading disaster relief efforts for the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers from around the Hawaiian Islands have joined the effort. Relief workers are also helping in California. A storm named Hilary dumped heavy rainfall across southern California over the weekend. And, prayer is a wonderful gift God gives His people. In a Baptist Press Toolbox piece, Kie Bowman says that is especially true in seasons of grief.
Gay Williams and her husband John have been leading disaster relief efforts for the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers from around the Hawaiian Islands have joined the effort.
Williams anticipates that there will be opportunities for SBDR teams from the continental U.S. to serve in the efforts to help residents recover their belongings, such as jewelry or other items, that may have endured the inferno.
SendRelief Presdient Bryant Wright who just returned from Maui said, “The recovery here will take years as there are thousands of people who have lost loved ones and their homes,” Wright said. “Beyond that, even though Maui and Hawaii remain open for people to visit, there has been an impact on the tourism industry and some have also lost the ability to earn a living. And there will be needs for these churches in Hawaii to meet for weeks, months and years to come, and we want to see mainland churches explore ways to empower the local church for ministry.”
To learn more and support the response, visit SendRelief.org.
Relief workers are also helping in California.
A storm named Hilary dumped heavy rainfall across southern California over the weekend. It was the first tropical storm to hit the Los Angeles area in 84 years. It landed in Baja, Calif., on Aug. 20 and brought flooding that resulted in one death when a vehicle was swept away by an overflowing stream near the Mexican town of Santa Rosalia.
Torrential rains as it made its way inland past San Diego and Palm Springs produced flooding and prompted a declared state of emergency from Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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Prayer is a wonderful gift God gives His people. In a Baptist Press Toolbox piece, Kie Bowman says that is especially true in seasons of grief.
“Grief is not an event – it’s a process that takes time. King David laid on the ground praying through his intense grief, fasting and praying, for a week (2 Samuel 12:16-20)! When we’re praying though grief, we should ignore artificial requirements of how long it “should” take us to heal and just keep praying.”
“As Christians, we are assured that we do not “grieve as others do who have no hope” (I Thessalonians 4:13); because we are assured of a resurrection. We learn that in our grief we are like Jesus who was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). We are also promised relief from the dull, persistent pain of grief; because Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). At some point in our future, we will find comfort from grief because Jesus guarantees it.”
The piece is full of helpful, practical tips for you to commit God’s Word to memory.
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.