Over the past several weeks alone, we’ve seen recent storms affect millions in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, along with major deadly fires in California and with such devastation comes the opportunity for God’s people to respond in the name of Jesus Christ. But let me take a moment to address the most important question - why Calvary Chapel Relief? As you know, other relief organizations, like Samaritan’s Purse, Salvation Army and the Red Cross do incredible work in times of disaster, helping to feed people and bring in much-needed supplies. So you may wonder, “Why is Calvary Chapel Relief so critical?” In the months following Superstorm Sandy here in NJ, as we organized our own chapter of Calvary Chapel Relief, we learned that:
Hundreds of passionate and trained individuals within Calvary Chapels can come alongside local Calvary Chapels in affected areas, using the local churches as hubs for relief organization and outreach. In this way, relief teams coming in from throughout the country help to build the local church’s voice throughout that community, and that voice is a lasting one. Communities begin to see that the local Calvary Chapel, no matter its size, is part of the broader body of Christ that is willing to come in and help people rebuild their lives physically and above all, spiritually. For example, the impact that we had through Calvary Chapel Relief after Superstorm Sandy enabled us to have an incredible and ongoing relationship with a number of towns along the Jersey Shore. This gave Calvary Chapel unprecedented latitude in the community and even in some cases, keys to the city. Normally we wont get such media visibility as did the Calvary Chapel in Puerto Rico with President Trump’s recent visit there, but this is what church-based relief work can do.
Calvary Chapel Relief work in a region helps to bolster church plants in the area, as we have seen after Superstorm Sandy. As more and more areas are affected and more needs are known, Calvary pastors plant churches and begin Bible studies in hard-hit regions that did not previously have a strong church presence.
God does an incredible work unifying the body of Christ through relief work. Teams from throughout the nation - a venerable army of God’s people - unite and work side-by-side to bring supplies, muck-out homes, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This unifying work goes back home with these teams and affects sending churches throughout the nation. The body of Christ is indeed on the move, empowered by God’s Spirit!
For all of these reasons, Calvary Chapel Relief is a critical component of relief work and the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with hard-hit communities. We hope that this workshop will be a helpful tool to mobilize your people for great local missions. You can also continue to learn more about Calvary Chapel Relief work by visiting: calvarychapelreliefinternational.com Blessings, Lloyd Pulley On behalf of CCA
Calvary Chapel Association has setup a disaster relief fund for you to do just that. Click the donate button below. 100% of all donations will go to CCA Relief International. Thank you so much for your prayer and support.