God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalms 46: 1-3)
Today’s blog is a partial newsletter article to Penn Central Conference for this week from ACM, Nora Foust. In it, she mentions the litany of woes that have beset our country and world of late. Psalm 46:1-3 gives us hope despite monumental upheaval. And so, she writes:
“And just when I had lost sight of that amid fire, drought, wind, rain, flood and refugees an email came from Global H.O.P.E. Humanitarian. Opportunities. Progress. Empowerment.
This is a newly defined arm of the national setting's Wider Church Ministries that brings together under one team leader Disaster Ministries, Refugee and Migration Ministries, Volunteer Ministries and Sustainable Development.
While cash remains the most needed commodity right now, Global H.O.P.E. still offers clean-up bucket grants, practical assistance and so much more in just one spot.
And for those wanting to help the plane loads of Afghan refugees there is a toolkit on their website and a training session planned for September 11th at 5pm ET.
A special appeal for Haiti assistance is also ongoing after both an earthquake and tropical storm in recent weeks.
Lamentations are part of our scriptural canon and should be part of our worship and living for God. Lamentations can help orient us toward God, God turns us toward hope and love, and love moves us to action.
If you or the congregation where you worship is feeling called to action in this season, check out ways to give and act at Global H.O.P.E.
And in the midst of these disasters, both near and far (I write as we are under a flood watch expecting Ida soon), September is National Preparedness Month (#NPM) and I encourage you to sign up for 30 days/30 ways and be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster! Learn more about #NPM & sign up for 30 Days/30 Ways: ready.pa.gov/30Days30Ways “
Rev. Nora Foust
Associate Conference Minister
Penn Central Conference