Chairman Gary Sears called the World Missions Board members to prayer around 10 am (EDT) on September 13, 2017. The objective of the prayer was how to minister in tangible and spiritual ways to members and friends of the Church of God in the Caribbean and the USA who were affected by Hurricane Irma. Included is also the concern for the devastation caused by the massive 8.2 earthquake in western Mexico.
The Director of World Missions, Dr. David M. Griffis, reported to Board members present in the room, as well as those connected through video conferencing and by telephone. Several Board members were personally affected by Hurricane Irma, with at least one having no electricity and limited to the charge on her cell phone.
First, a report was presented of substantial amounts of aid already given for Hurricane Harvey and the Caribbean recovery. Due to the generous advance giving by World Missions partners, Dr. Griffis shared the funds which are immediately available. The Board took action to work closely with relief agencies, such as Men/Women of Action and Operation Compassion.
Information and reports were shared from Ishmael Charles, field director for the Caribbean, and Otoniel Collins, field director for Latin America. Just in the last days, information about the massive destruction in the Caribbean has come through media outlets. The earthquake in Mexico, an 8.2 magnitude, was also masked by imminent danger to the U.S. In both cases, lives have been lost and others may be affected through exposure—a need for water and medical aid is imperative.
The World Missions Board invites all believers to join in prayer and in action. Your gift of whatever you have will be used of God, even as the little boy’s lunch was blessed and multiplied to feed thousands.
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Thank you for caring for God’s children who need your help!