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Jun 24
2011
Mary Marr

Turning Minot Doom into Bloom?

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Turning Minot Doom into Bloom?

As a continued feeling of dread sweeps over Minot, North Dakota today and thousands were evacuated right in front of a flooding reaching nine or more feet, Christians have an opportunity to bring Hope to the hopelessness. With one quarter of Minot already evacuated and the threat of more rain this weekend many in the area are reminded of the flooding of 1969 which was a national disaster. More evacuations are being ordered as bridges are closing and access roads are closing to evacuees. The New York Times reports many Minot residents never acquired flood insurance as for many years the control of the river gave them false assurance their properties were not in harm’s way. It was reported that only one in ten homes have flood insurance and the flooding is expected to be worse over the next several days as The Army Corps of Engineers releases more water from the dam north of Minot.

This is a time for the church to stand strong with those in crisis, for surrounding churches to become a CEN Ready Church, ready to respond to the needs of neighboring churches and the Christian community. It is a time to pray for the whole community of Minot to see the reality of Jesus in the midst of the crisis when 90% will ask “Where is God in this?” And, it is a time for Christians nationally to pray for the safety for the evacuees, the first responders who will be assisting with the immense flooding and survivors who face the loss of property.

 

Massive wildfires burning in eastern Arizona "The Wallow Fire" is the third largest in the state’s history – is not contained and has forced hundreds of evacuations along the Arizona-New Mexico border. The fires are being fueled by high temperatures and gusty winds” and sending smoke as far as New Mexico and southern Colorado.1300 firefighters from across the country are battling the blaze which now has devastated more than 140,000 acres or 400 square miles of forest. Over 2,000 people have had to evacuate their homes.

 The mountain resort town of Greer outside the city of Phoenix reported voluntary evacuations on Saturday amidst reports of more winds and no rain in the near future.

Jun 01
2011
Mary Marr

Joplin's Newly Homeless - a Christian view

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As FEMA and groups like Joplin, MO Christ’s Church, The Bridge, a Joplin Christian city-reaching network and Christian first responders such as Operation Blessing, Christian Appalachian Project, Victim Relief, SBC Disaster Relief and The Salvation Army, along many others view the options for the newly homeless survivors in Joplin, MO the issues are daunting.

After the deadly tornado tore through the Missouri town of Joplin leveling 8,000 dwellings, homes and apartments many are still looking for a home. FEMA is reporting trying to find housing within a 50 mile radius and may resort to bringing back the infamous trailers as were used during Katrina in New Orleans.

May 31
2011
Mary Marr

Ready Christians can Celebrate even in Pain

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If you have completed the Ready Christian Study Series, you now clearly understand that being biblically ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically are essential to stand in times of crisis. The world knows plenty of examples of well-intentioned people who seek to care for others in their own strength. They grow weary and often discouraged when the reward they seek on earth may elude them. Or the expect a long term result from their labors, when in fact, the only everlasting reward comes for those who seek to do God’s will and the blessing then comes from His hand for all eternity.

 

It is not enough to be able to withstand the rigors of a crisis long term emotionally even with healthy habits and balance. It is not enough to know all the many technical ways to respond to crisis and even employ them, such as providing mass shelter. And, it is not enough if you have supplied your family and friends, your church and your community if you have not done so in the name of Christ. If there is any good report it comes from Jesus alone, not our own emotional, mental, or physical prowess.

May 28
2011
Mary Marr

Can DONATIONS Bring Harm?

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 Federal, state and voluntary agency information statements on assisting those affected by the tornadoes have been stressing the strong preference for cash donations rather than clothes or other material goods.

 The actual harm that can be done by collection and shipping of unsolicited household donations has not been sufficiently reported or emphasized by media or officials. In Joplin MO, mountains of clothes barred responders from access to vital streets or pathways.

 While good intentions are understood things like sending donations without a recipient to receive them may be harmful as well as any self-deployment.

May 23
2011
Mary Marr

Pray for Survivors in MO, MN, KS!

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PRAY for Survivors: Tornadoes Kill More Than 95 plus in MO, MN, and KS

 “Pleading Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Help us Lord!” a Joplin resident pleads as she is huddled in a grocery store in Joplin MO early Monday morning. April 2011 is now referred to as the worst on record for the Midwest suffers another hit. Search and Rescue under way in Joplin MO where 89 people were killed, cutting off power, making it difficult to communicate or discover the extent of the damage or how to respond. Removing some of the infrastructure like the St John’s Medical Center and vital supplies from the WallMart has brought complete chaos in Joplin.

 While sirens went off the storm came much faster than the weather service could report. Two shelter facilities and area churches are responding to people without any protection. Another warning alert now hovers over the MO now.