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Archive for the Disaster Relief Category


Nov 13

Relief for the Philippines: Water and Medical Care in the Name of Christ

2013 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity

With Typhoon Haiyan ripping through the Philippines last week, leaving death and destructin in its path, two Christian organizations that we’ve worked with before are responding to bring medicine to those who are sick and wounded as well as clean water to prevent more sickness and death.

We have sent a financial gift to each of these organizations from the DSC Missions budget.  If you’d like to donate toward these efforts please click on the links below.  If you give to DSC, we will forward your donation on to these folks as well.

MAP Typhoon Haiyan Philippines 2013 water missions Typhoon Haiyan

Nov 15

Hurricane Sandy Relief – Sending $1340 from our body

2012 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief

As we posted a couple of weeks ago, our hope is to support ministries on the ground near the site of Hurricane Sandy’s impact.  Our initial hope was to send the funds to local churches that we are familiar with in the area, but they have said that the better investment at this point would be the following organizations.  Therefore, we will split the $1340 that has come in so far between the two, and we will eagerly pass on any more that comes in from the DSC body as well.  You can give online here.

The first organization is The Bowery Mission.  God seems to really be using this Mission to impact peoples lives in tremendous ways.  Folks that are homeless, addicted to drugs, and down and out find shelter, food, job training, and most importantly the Gospel through The Bowery.

Their website has the following under Purpose and Goal of the Browery Mission:

“The Bowery Mission and Kids With A Promise is called to minister in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.”

As for their response to Hurrican Sandy, this is from their site:

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, The Bowery Mission is providing safe shelter and food to more homeless and displaced New Yorkers, effectively tripling its normal capacity. The supply of food and pantry items is drastically decreasing at a time when it is needed most.”

 

The other organization we will send funds to is Hope for New York.

On their Hurricane Sandy Relief page, it says:

Hope for New York is working with our non-profit affiliates, our church partners, New York City churches and pastors, local government officials, and national relief organizations to channel volunteers and resources to those who need it the most in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Besides giving, we can also be praying for these organizations.  Hope for New York asks for the following prayer:

  • For the safety of those without basic needs (shelter, water, power) in the wake of the storm.
  • For our affiliates, many of whom have been working around the clock to provide emergency care and shelter.
  • For our city officials as they work to help our infrastructure and systems recover from the storm.
  • For the Church, that we will respond with mercy, compassion, and hospitality.
  • Pray that we would not look to our own interests, but to the interests of others, and that God would be glorified as we seek to serve our neighbors in need.May God get glory as His people reach out in His Name to love the lost and hurting during this season.

Amen.

Nov 1

Response to Hurricane Sandy – Helping Local Churches

2012 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Prayer

As you know, Hurricane Sandy has made a devastating impact on the Northeastern part of the U.S.  Relief is already being mobilized by organizations like Red Cross and World Vision, and we would encourage folks in our body to contribute to those as you are willing and able.

However, when it comes to DSC Missions funds, the elders have decided to focus gifts given to Desert Springs on behalf of those in need to sister churches in the area that have been impacted by this natural disaster.  Our hope and prayer is that as these churches, who likely won’t have denominational support to help them out, will be able to minister to their own body of believers, as well as those around them that they know and are in need.  We are already working to contact churches we know about in the area to see how they have been impacted.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  (Galatians 6:10 ESV)

If you feel compelled to give, please do so using a missions envelope at the church and designating it “Disaster Relief.”  Or, you can give via the church’s online giving here listed under “Disaster Relief” soon as well.  But until then, please use a missions envelope if you are able.

Please especially be in prayer for believers in this area that God will use them and the church to rise up after this disaster with hope amid certain despair.  May the believers cry out with Paul as he says:

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV)