Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tornado Relief

I am sure you have heard the news that a deadly tornado has taken the lives of 16 people in Mayflower/Vilonia Arkansas while thirty-four people were injured and about 100 homes and businesses were destroyed in the southeastern Kansas town of Baxter Springs. Vilonia is the home town of one of our Encounter leaders Kerry Shannon whose family survived but lost their home and Baxter Springs is where our CrossCurrent youth ministry serves Pastor Steve Fellers and “Word in Action” Ministries each year on mission trips. 

If you are interested in making a donation to aid in the relief effort please send your check made out to C3 (memo) “tornado relief”. We will make sure your contributions go directly to meet those local needs. You may also contribute via your Celebration Community Church App by using the “Giving” button and selecting “tornado relief.”
Have you ever asked yourself ‘why does God allow earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, typhoons, cyclones, mudslides, wildfires, and other natural disasters?  According to gotquestions.org, “Tragedies like these cause many people to question God’s goodness. It is distressing that natural disasters are often termed “acts of God” while no “credit” is ever given to God for years, decades, or even centuries of peaceful weather. 

In much the same way that God allows evil people to commit evil acts, God allows the earth to reflect the consequences sin has had on creation.  What we do know is this: God is good and good can come out of these bad situations.  

Natural disasters cause people to reevaluate their priorities in life. Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid is sent to help the people who are suffering. Christian ministries have the opportunity to help, minister, counsel, pray, and lead people to saving faith in Christ!” God can, and does, bring great good out of terrible tragedies.

Please pray with me for the families who have lost so much and pray also that they look to the Lord for their strength and comfort instead of doubting God's goodness their response would be to trust in Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

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