2. Disasters Mobilize
In the midst of the Nepal earthquake, I heard from pastor Deben, a Nepali native who leads our ministry’s Mercy Network in Kathmandu. We’ve been equipping his church (along with 14 other churches) to serve the suffering in their communities since 2009. This disaster has mobilized each one to go into their communities and supply aid to those who’ve come strikingly close to death.
In most disasters, local churches are first responders and often the best rebuilders. Unlike outside agencies that leave once the initial help is provided, local pastors and leaders are rooted firmly in their communities and will remain after things settle. They’re motivated to help long-term because the disaster affects their own homes, villages, schools, and workplaces.