My Sunday Worship video is a bit different this week.
All of you are aware of the devastation in Haiti, the video for this week comes from a newly formed ministry by Pastors' James McDonald (Harvest Bible Chapel) and Mark Driscoll (Mars Hill Church) in response to this crisis. The gist of their work is to provide financial, spiritual, and physical aid to the churches of Haiti that were a part of all the destruction.
It is called: Churches Helping Churches. What a wonderfully biblical idea!
So often when a crisis like this occurs, out of compassion, we want to respond. For most of us our response is a financial gift to some organization that is able to provide immediate help. And that is all good. But as a follower of Jesus who also love His church, having the opportunity to give that financial gift to a church that was already in place, and that will be there through the disaster, and that will be there long after the Red Cross leaves, I think is a better investment, an eternal investment! And that's what Churches Helping Churches (in the middle of a disaster) was create to do.
They write on their website:
Both throughout history and following specific tragedies it is often the local church that cares for widows, orphans, and the poor. It is the church who performs the funerals, grief counseling and spiritual follow up with families of victims. Rebuilding local churches helps address the practical and spiritual needs of a country, one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time
When the magnitude of a catastrophe can be described as “biblical,” it is the local church that reminds people that another biblical concept is even more powerful: hope in Jesus Christ.
I encourage you to read more about Churches Helping Churches on their website. And more importantly, consider if this may be a ministry you could support as they work in Haiti. Because in doing so, you are providing relief in a direction that will make an immediate and eternal difference.
Concerning the Sunday Worship video, this was made for the CHC ministry with images from Haiti . . .
Who Will Rise Up? from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.
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