Buy Two Tents: A Christian response to disasters

My WMU friend Betty was working a feeding unit in response to wildfires one year. Officials came to the line to tell another volunteer who was working with her that they did all they could but the wildfires took his home. Other volunteers took up $200 to give him. The man lost everything. Instead of spending the money on himself, the gentleman took the money and bought gift cards to give away at the shelter.

Others found out he had lost his home and gave more money. This time, he decided to go ahead and buy something for himself. He lost his home and his chicken coop, but he still had a few chickens. He told Betty, in almost an apologetic tone, “With the money, I bought two tents—one for me to live in and one for a family at the shelter. And I hope it is OK that I bought some feed for my chickens.”

What a beautiful picture of what it means to be a loving Christian. Committed Christ followers love God and love others as much or more as they love themselves. Through WMU, we seek to nurture that kind of attitude of sacrifice and generosity. Always buy two tents. Take care of your family, absolutely. Yet be ready to help as others have needs.

When a disaster occurs, it’s easy to feel helpless. We want to do something tangible, but that’s difficult when we’re physically far away from the people in need. You can buy an extra tent, so to speak, when you give to the WMU HEART Fund. The HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) Fund was created in response to September 11, 2001. Grants allow Christians to provide relief and rebuilding assistance as they minister to disaster victims in the United States and around the world.

We hear reports on a regular basis regarding tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, typhoons, wildfires, and more. As I prepare this article, we are watching news coverage of a gas explosion in my county.

Gifts can be made to the HEART Fund by visiting the WMU Foundation at wmufoundation.com or sending a check to the following address:

WMU Foundation
100 Missionary Ridge
Birmingham, AL 35242
(Please remember to designate the HEART Fund.)

The next time you hear about a disaster, remember the HEART Fund. Your gifts can help bring restoration, healing, and hope to people in need.

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint” (Jer. 31:25 NIV).


Father,

You are the God of more than enough. You satisfy and refresh.

Today I ask you to satiate weary people around the world suffering from disaster.

Replenish Christians who live in dark places and have lost hope.

Comfort those who are languishing in grief.

Give favor to those who hunger tonight.

Forgive us when we take Your grace and mercy and love for granted.

Teach those of us who live in abundance to be generous with what You have already graciously given us.

Only You can satisfy and refresh. To You be all glory and praise and honor.

 

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