Our Disaster Relief Mission Director, Nathan McDonald, with his wife Bethany, and a helper from Mercy Chef, serving in Lake Charles, Louisiana, after Hurricane Laura.
From the New World Encyclopedia:
"Disaster relief (or emergency management) refers to the process of responding to a catastrophic situation, providing humanitarian aid to persons and communities who have suffered from some form of disaster. It involves dealing with and avoiding risks and preparing, supporting, and rebuilding society when natural or human-made disasters occur. In general, any emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or limit the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards.
While disasters are by definition tragic, resulting in great loss of material goods and property, as well as injury and loss of life, disaster relief is a truly human response. When people see those in need, even far away and in circumstances entirely foreign, the desire to help comes from the empathy felt for human brothers and sisters. As technology and human consciousness has developed, the desire and ability to help others, crossing geographical distance and cultural and national boundaries has also developed."
Disaster Relief is important to missions at home and abroad:
Faith-based organizations are valid for one fundamental reason: They are familiar with, and care about, their communities, in some cases, more than federal or out-of-state relief organizations. "Their specific mission and strong motivation to be responsive to needs," A 2012 report from the University of Southern California's Center for Religion and Civil Culture details, "Their proximity to and familiarity with the communities they serve, [and] their access, either directly or through networks, to unique resources and capabilities directly applicable to the types of services needed following a disaster."
Disaster Relief is often overlooked but a much-needed ministry of the church! In the United States, Africa, Central America, and other parts of the world, we have seen terrible tragedies that often leave people hopeless and helpless. It is the desire of Project Holy Nations - Disaster Relief to be an open hand in helping those who have lost so much. We have reached out and offered help to many in times of tragedy, not based on their church affiliation, gender, culture, or history, but as Jesus would, unconditionally.
It is our call to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to serve those around us, our neighbors.