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Feb 01
2011
Mary Marr

Christians Globally Pray for Christians in Egypt

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Barnabas Aid reported today on the situation being faced by Christians in Egypt.

CEN enjoins Barnabas Aid in praying:


CEN chapters participated last week in the AZ Emergency Management table top exercise working alongside government, all faith-based volunteer organizations, Christian media, and churches in an effort to practice the CEN Disaster Action Plan for Arizona and will assist all CEN chapters nationwide. Please join me in encouraging CEN AZ chapters by following the CEN/AZ EMA table top exercise viewing needs, mitigation steps, prayer requests, and how Christ is shared appropriately. 

Aug 13
2010
Mary Marr

Nehemiah's Emergency Plan and Response

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The Bible often refers to the need for Christians to be united, in one accord, laboring together with the Good News of the Gospel. In our day, we are blessed to have so many means of communication. Yet, sometimes we may feel we are on “communication overload” and may miss what others or even God Himself may be trying to communicate to us.

89% of all Volunteers helping survivors in crisis are faith-based according to FEMA Volunteer Liaison John Chavez. When volunteering to help survivors in crisis common reactions will occur according to esteemed colleague Dr. Mickey Stonier, professional emergency counselor, chaplain, and pastoral associate (Rock Church, San Diego.) In his booklet "Helping you Get Through.." Dr. Stonier explains there are often physical issues such as stomach problems, sweating, chest pains, or general weakness.

There may be psychological problems such as feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, powerlessness, sense of injustice, anger, depression, sadness, or guilt. Relational withdrawal is common or such responses as clinging to others, being demanding or fear of others. Too many thoughts at one time, distortion of time, flashbacks, thoughts of suicide and guilt about being a survivor are other signs often experienced by one who has faced trauma.

Volunteers who are helping survivors may see mood changes, periods of silence on the part of those they are ministering to as well as the most commonly expected bouts of crying, hysteria and sleep disturbance. Or sometimes people simply shut down and become passive to response.

Jul 29
2010
Mary Marr

What is the Emergency or Crisis Turning Point?

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In the Book of Isaiah 53:10 we read that God's plan was to crush his Son Jesus Christ and fill Him with grief, making his life and offering for sin so that He would have a multitude of children, heirs to His everlasting love. As Christians we suffer as well so that God's plan will be manifested in our life and we will become spiritually prosperous.

If we walk in the light of Christ, as a righteous servant, we too will make it possible for many to be counted righteous through Him. That is what becoming a Ready Christian, Ready Church is all about. What are we readying for, is it to preserve our own physical life? Yes to survive as ambassadors. But that is not the whole reason. Is it to be so informed and aware of what is going on around us we save ourselves? Or is it to outsmart the next person with our great plans.

I believe suffering for Christ's sake means to be ready to face whatever path God chooses for us to follow so that we will become partakers of a multitude of His children coming into the fold living righteous lives which are in turn multiplying other children. If I did not believe that the many sufferings I have already experienced would not be profitable for my good or the good of others I would not be at peace as I am today. With each crisis I made a choice then and now to turn each one into an opportunity for Christ. If this were not the case I would have been crushed long ago without hope or purpose in life. I have lived to see His children come into the fold when I have shared my life story - more than I could have ever imagined. And yet, I along with Christ want more to come into His fold one at a time multiplying their own crisis into the lives of seekers until the whole world bows in righteous reverence for His Glory! This is the heart and mission of the Christian Emergency Network.

Jul 19
2010
Mary Marr

Emergency Responders Use Caution!

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What are the implications for emergency responders given the bombing in Cuidad Juarez Mexico, July 15?

The bomb exploded within walking distance of the Good Neighbor International Bridge (interesting name considering first responders were killed being Good Neighbors), a main bridge connecting El Paso, Texas with Ciudad Juarez, highlighting the potential for casualties if similar attacks are conducted in the future in the U.S.

Emergency personnel put their lives on the line every day to rescue and respond to people in crisis, but what will happen if these types of incidents are not stopped, I believe we will lose the secure infrastructure of law enforcement, response and security which is the bedrock of our freedom. Can first responders respond while at the same time protecting themselves from harm to live and respond another day? How do we secure those who secure us? What do we need to do as citizens?