Helping Japan

Hey all…good to be back blogging after I tried to unplug for a while with the family on Spring Break.

I wanted to update you on an important development that happened while I was gone.  Suncrest has been figuring out how to respond to the crisis in Japan.  The nuclear situation is obviously the centerpiece of the news right now, but I think that has overshadowed shocking loss-of-life and other huge humanitarian struggles.

Consider this…almost 13,000 are confirmed dead and over 14,000 more are still missing with hope for finding them obviously very low  almost one month later.  Beyond those 27,000 people, millions have had their livelihoods come crashing down around them.  Yesterday a 7.1 quake hit (they are actually calling it an “aftershock”) where additional lives were lost.

The devastation can’t be imagined, but is powerful in these before and after pictures.

What is our role in this?  We think it is the role of any Christ-follower to see the brokenness in our world and do our part to be part of putting the world back together.  Remember our verse as we concluded “The Story of God” a few weeks ago?

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”-Jesus (John 7:38)

Suncrest, your generosity at Christmas Eve to our Compassion Offering has us prepared to respond as a church to this.  It is there for needs in our community and for disasters around the world like this, so we were able to send an EXTREMELY generous contribution to the relief efforts. If you want to help with a gift individually, here is a link to send it through the same organization we researched and partnered with: Samaritan’s Purse

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~ by Greg Lee on April 8, 2011.

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