Category: Hurricane Relief 2017-2018

Daily devotions set the tone for the outreach aspect of this ministry which is focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus. This leads to occasions almost every day for evangelistic conversations…

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NEW HORIZONS, February 2018: “We know that God calls us to do our work with devotion, and we want to spread the gospel where God puts us … Our goal is to be present and minister … “

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by David Nakhla, OPC Short-Term Missions Coordinator (January 18, 2018) David Nakhla, Joel King, Bill Welzien, Bob Keys, Kathy Keys at Mallory Square in Key West, FL For the past two days, Regional Disaster Response Coordinator Joel King, Deacon Bob Keys, and I have been in Key West, Florida, to assess the status of post-Hurricane Irma disaster response efforts. We

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Hurricane Maria exposed our vulnerability and revealed the power of God. Spiritual needs have now come to the surface, and the restoring power of Jesus is seen even more clearly . . .

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Thank you to all of you who have expressed interest in traveling to Puerto Rico to help with disaster relief. THANK YOU for this desire and willingness to go. It’s wonderful. What a blessing! How to respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico is proving to be difficult to figure out . . .

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NEW HORIZONS, December 2017: “Why has God blessed us? So that we would be a channel of God’s blessing to others.” That’s why the church in Ada sent a team, he said . . .

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NEW HORIZONS, December 2017: “We don’t want to be known as ‘OPC Building and Construction,’” Sumpter said. “We want to be known as ‘OPC Building and Ministry.’… Our number one goal is not to restore a house, but to reach out in Christ’s name . . .”

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Thank you for coming and pulling out sheetrock, spraying vinegar and mold control, pulling out nails, demolishing bookcases, packing, cleaning, running errands, moving furniture, sweeping, repairing sheetrock . . .

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Helpless is the word that comes to mind as we consider today’s topic of disasters – commonly called ‘natural disasters.’ As Christians, we must refuse to resign to feelings of helplessness and must instead stand in the great promises and instructions of our great shepherd, King Jesus – who has not left us helpless . . .

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Members of the Presbytery of New Jersey would like to see individuals and teams visit Puerto Rico to bring encouragement and to assist in outreach opportunities. There are many occasions to point to the true hope found in Jesus Christ as many are wracked with despair over their circumstances . . .

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The conversation became an occasion for our Christian friends to testify how God has been helping them through their flood recovery. These kinds of conversations happen regularly and God continues to open doors for ministry and outreach through our hurricane recovery and relief efforts . . .

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The Lord has already seen fit to use this storm for Pastor Bill Welzien and others to witness to neighbors and friends further, and our hope continues to be that the Lord would see fit to use this time to call others unto Him . . .

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Because of the work that we were able to do on behalf of our neighbors, the reputation of our works of service and our church have risen significantly. We are praying for many opportunities to invite neighbors to worship the Lord and visit us at Christ the King OPC . . .

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David Nakhla, OPC Disaster Response Coordinator, was recently interviewed on the radio about his role as the OPC’s Disaster Response Coordinator, and the OPC’s relief work in response to the 2017 hurricanes . . .

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This is exactly what we want our outreach to look like — sharing the work with a family, combined with generosity in the name of Christ . . .

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The team was able to finish with the debris at Pastor Bill Welzien’s house, do work at members Doug and Priscilla Weeks’ house, and at the home of a friend of Bill’s.  This friend, who doesn’t attend Keys OPC, was overwhelmed with the support shown to him and came to church the following Sunday . . .

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With no power, cell, internet, and unpredictable water…life has completely changed for this young family of seven and all in their community. It’s like civilization stepped backwards 100 years . . .

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God’s grace was truly evident to us through the recent hurricane.  I would like to share a couple of tokens of that grace . . .

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Click here to print a color or black and white Disaster Response poster to display at your church!

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How to donate to OPC disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma . . .

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Join those who are saying “yes” to volunteering for the disaster relief work in Texas and Florida following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Both skilled and unskilled labor is needed!

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Find links to all news and archives on hurricane relief here at the OPC Disaster Response homepage . . .

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After four days and and still little news to report out of Puerto Rico, we are concerned. We are not assuming that “no news is good news.” Please be in prayer for the 3.4 million inhabitants of this island, and in particular, those from our churches there . . .

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Ellen wrote: “Three angels named Jeff, Rick, and Kenley came over today. They left us delightfully encouraged, prayed over, and feeling rescued. God knew what I needed more than I did. Jesus blessing to you all.”

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The debris that is scattered everywhere is overwhelming to see. The sheer volume of the debris is substantial, as most trees across the Keys are either down or stripped bare. There is much work to be done in the community . . .

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“… it’s a huge deal. Huge.” To her, the pastor-led volunteer group was a gift from heaven . . .

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What a great day this was with the team from Michigan and the Haitian Hurricane Heroes. Thanks for your prayers! Tomorrow we will be working in our neighborhood, The Shores. Please pray for opportunities to share the hope of Christ . . .

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Together we have entered homes and businesses inundated by flooding to tear out and clear away ruined furniture and household belongings, walls, floors, carpeting, cabinets, and plumbing. We are endeavoring to offer solace and support in the name of Jesus to families, both within and without the household of faith, who have been devastated by this disaster . . .

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Brothers and sisters, there is much to thank the Lord for with this initial report… More details will be forthcoming as more assessments will be made on others homes and property . . .

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The following reports have come in thus far from our churches that were in the path of Irma . . .

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Good morning from Naples on what will most likely be, simply put, a day of enormous calamity here in Southwest Florida . . .

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What seems like an impossible task that can lead one to despair can suddenly become bearable when the Lord’s people respond to the call to serve one another generously and without reserve. God has been good . . .

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It has been surreal here the last few days not knowing where this storm will make landfall: People are on edge all over town as I’ve seen loud parking lot arguments, road rage incidents, and shopping-cart-rage incidents in stores! Some gas stations have long lines down the street, others are completely empty because they have no more gas . . .

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Reports from around Haiti are encouraging. There was some flooding in the north, but nothing as bad as people expected. We are grateful for your prayers and the fact that the path of the storm was well to the north of Haiti . . .

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We are OK. The structure of our church didn’t suffer any damage. All the members are OK, to my knowledge. The only problems are: electricity and water. We praise the Lord that He preserved us from that huge Hurricane . . .

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The financial gifts which have begun to be received by the OPC will aid in their recovery. These gifts will be used to purchase tools and supplies needed to remove the flood damage and debris . . .

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A number of families from two OP churches in the Houston area have been impacted by the flooding in various ways. This presents us with the opportunity to come alongside and help them to recover . . .

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OPC Disaster Response has been in contact with the OPC church leaders in the Houston area all through the weekend. Stay tuned to our Facebook page . . .

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Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in Southeastern Texas on Saturday morning around Corpus Christi. Just to its east in Houston there are two OPC churches, an OPC Bible Study work, other sister churches, and more than 2 million people . . .

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