Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Committed Relief Japan

The earth trembles beneath their feet.  Waves completely engulf them.  The searing pain of loss.  The bitter sting of harsh weather.  The stony ground on which to slumber.  The looming threat of nuclear crisis becoming unmasterable.  Some moments seem too overwhelming to delight in. 
Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I...Psalm 61:1-2
In moments of uncertainty, of fear, of loss...when our hearts are overwhelmed, we can come to the Rock that is higher than us.  Jesus Christ is that Rock. 

But what happens when crisis strikes and you don't have that Rock? 

This contemplation reverberates through my mind, my heart, throughout the day.  The stark reality is that 0.1 percent of the population of Japan professes Christianity.  This means that in the face of disaster, less than 0.1 percent of those affected know where to turn. 

Please pray for Japan.  Pray for the Lord's mercy upon them.  That He will manifest Himself to them even if they have not known Him.  And pray for those that do know Him, that they will have the supernatural ability to reach out and touch those around them through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Our church has a relief organization that has responded to natural disasters all over the world since 1995.  Kobe Earthquake in 1995, 9/11 response in New York, Thailand Tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in  2005, just to name a few.   We are currently praying about how to be involved with the crisis that is happening in Japan.  If you would like to get involved you can visit the Committed Relief website here.  There is information about how donate to the relief efforts through their site.  Their goal is to offer aid and assistance, with a long term desire to minister to the people of the areas they reach out to. 

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