Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dear Pastor, Is Your Church Pray-pared?



Dear Pastor,

Is Your Church Ready?

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have awakened our nation with the need to take personal and church responsibility to prepare, to respond and recover from massive disaster. God is once again warning His children to prepare and rebuild physical and spiritual walls.

Whether you or your church is currently directly affected by the long-term devastation, or now helping those who were, disasters will come your way. The disciplined responsible Christian family and church will prepare before it happens, will respond as Jesus would while it happens, and after God’s warnings and steps are heeded, will recover stronger and only then witness Kingdom expansion for all eternity!

In recent weeks, story after story, God has reminded us that placing our trust in government to save us during disaster is risky. Yet, we also witnessed “the greater church” reaching out - with or without prior experience - prayerfully prompted, to care for the needs of complete strangers and entire churches. These faithful ones have earned the right to share the Good News of Jesus Christ-His Hope to the Hopeless.

Christian Emergency Network (CEN) has prepared three outstanding four week sermons to walk You, Your Staff, and Your Church through three vital steps around four Biblical role models on: how and why to prepare, to respond and to recover before, during and after disasters. While you may not be accustomed to the length of such a series, the first steps any person or congregation must take will mean a minimum of a four week sequential sermon series commitment now before it happens.. And then, the other two in the series will be kept in your files and used only when a disaster occurs, or in weeks after it occurs. The series is designed to be a simple first step, easy to implement and low cost. CEN understands the challenges often being under-staffed, under-budget, and with limited volunteers- your alarm bells.

Yet, CEN must ask you: Is Your Church Ready for such Christian heroism?
Personal, Church and Community Outreach – 3 Step Process, Application, and Resources

3 Steps, Application, and Resources
Dear Pastor,

Is Your Church Ready?

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have awakened our nation with the need to take personal and church responsibility to prepare, to respond and recover from massive disaster. God is once again warning His children to prepare and rebuild physical and spiritual walls.

Whether you or your church is currently directly affected by the long-term devastation, or now helping those who were, disasters will come your way. The disciplined responsible Christian family and church will prepare before it happens, will respond as Jesus would while it happens, and after God’s warnings and steps are heeded, will recover stronger and only then witness Kingdom expansion for all eternity!

In recent weeks, story after story, God has reminded us that placing our trust in government to save us during disaster is risky. Yet, we also witnessed “the greater church” reaching out - with or without prior experience - prayerfully prompted, to care for the needs of complete strangers and entire churches. These faithful ones have earned the right to share the Good News of Jesus Christ-His Hope to the Hopeless.

Christian Emergency Network (CEN) has prepared three outstanding four week sermons to walk You, Your Staff, and Your Church through three vital steps around four Biblical role models on: how and why to prepare, to respond and to recover before, during and after disasters. While you may not be accustomed to the length of such a series, the first steps any person or congregation must take will mean a minimum of a four week sequential sermon series commitment now before it happens.. And then, the other two in the series will be kept in your files and used only when a disaster occurs, or in weeks after it occurs. The series is designed to be a simple first step, easy to implement and low cost. CEN understands the challenges often being under-staffed, under-budget, and with limited volunteers- your alarm bells.

Yet, CEN must ask you: Is Your Church Ready for such Christian heroism?
Personal, Church and Community Outreach – 3 Step Process, Application, and Resources

3 Steps, Application, and Resources
http://www.cenresources.com/pdf/cen_visual2.pdf

This is a time to heed God’s warnings and shepherd your own family, staff and church in responsible timely preparedness, response and recovery. For example, when was the last time you held an evacuation drill in your church or backed up church files? Do not let them down. Who else will lead them? You have earned their trust. You see their need. You’ve been called to make the Gospel relevant to and through this generation and know you will give account.

Let Christian Emergency Network hold up your arms! We are praying for you.
Here’s what others are saying...
http://www.cenresources.com/pdf/cen_church_flyer.pdf

1 comment:

k wivolin said...

PRAYER REQUEST: BREAKTHROUGH WILL HAPPEN!

Thank you for your prayers and letter;but still need
Desperately more prayer.
Could yo please support me with your prayers.The Satan has
furiously bound my family.My two brothers and their families
are deeply surrounded and bound by the satan as well as
my mother who is under the control of those evil spirits which
make her life very miserable and difficult.
She has been under this curse 70 years.
We have been praying for them both in out congregation as
well as in other congregations but until now those evil bonds
have not yet been broken.
That`s why I need more help and support to get this praying through.

Furthermore, I have lots of relatives who still do not know Jesus as
their Savior.I ask You please pray for them that those evil powers
would be broken and people could be liberated and convert.
I also need strength from the Lord.


Thank You for your support.With blessings yours,

Mrs.Kerttu Wivolin
PÄIVÖLÄNKATU 3 E 37
60120 SEINÄJOKI
EUROPE FINLAND

Could yo please copy this letter and give it to your intercessory prayer
Group. Thank you and God Bless.