ABC Community Connections – Hands & Feet of Jesus (Actions of Love)

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Hands & Feet of Jesus (Actions of Love)  June 26, 2013

Being the Hands & Feet of Jesus

There are hundreds of families in Southern Alberta that are desperately seeking help and answers after devastating floods.  Like many of you I’ve been praying for them, but I’ve also been asking God, “What can we do practically?”   The answer that I’ve been getting is, “Go and help!”  In response, I’ve contacted friends and pastors who I know personally in the area (Rita & myself lived in Okotoks for 13 years).  I’ve also been in touch with Mennonite Disaster Services and Samaritan Purse who are on the ground and coordinating relief efforts. 

“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  James 2:15-16”

I’m praying that God will give both clarity and opportunity to ways we can be involved in being the hands and feet of Jesus.  We are a small church, but God delights in using the small to do big things if we only have faith.  Can God use us to rally Armstrong to Help High River?  How will we respond? Call or email me and share how God might be speaking to you.
News & Events

  • July 1 – Canada Day Celebration.  Volunteers are still needed for set-up and running children’s games.  Games are provided.   Set-up 10-11 AM.  Games run 12 – 4 PM.  Please call or email Pastor Wayne to sign up.
  • July 6 – Young Life Pizza fundraiser.  Pizza made fresh on Saturday, July 6th and delivered to your door. *We will need the  orders in by this Saturday June 29!*
  • Please call Debi Derksen, 250-546-0556, to make an order.
  • Wed. 9:30 AM – Men’s coffee @ The Leaf & Bean.

Calgary Flooding

Below is some information that I’ve received from a pastor at Okotoks Evangelical Free Church (a church we know well).  

2013 FLOOD RESPONSE

Hope and help is on its way.  Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Disaster Response equipment will be in the area as early as Tuesday June 25, and within 7-10 days they will be tangibly working to help people with their housing needs.

SP has a life changing opportunity for thousands of people, both those whose lives have been touched by this disaster and those of us whose hearts have been touched as well.
SP brings an entire system to remediate homes and restore them to a place where repairs can commence. But also, along the way repair the hearts, souls and minds of the victims.
Over the past 15 years SP has participated in over 120 large-scale disasters from fires (Slave Lake) to floods all across North America. They know what they are doing, but they need your help. In fact, their entire infrastructure depends on your help.
Here are two ways you can get involved:
1. Remediation Services
SP is looking for volunteers to work on teams to help cleanup homes damaged by the floods. Work will entail the following:
• Content Removal
• Pump-Outs
• Gut Outs
• Mould Abatement/Treatment
• Bobcat Work
• General Cleanup
This process starts with a professional damage and safety assessment and ends with a cleaned, mold free and if required, gutted home, handed back to the home owner. It is completely free of mud, silt, water, debris, and damaged goods. It will be 100% ready for repair work to commence.
All equipment, training, meals, leadership, support, safety protocols (OH&S standards) and structure is included with the SP system. All you have to do is show up. They indicated that if a person can handle a busy day gardening they can handle the work they are asking people to participate in. For people who can’t do that, there are other tasks and shorter time commitments available.
The good news is that this is work is immediate, with no red tape for the homeowner, and absolutely free of charge for the victims of this disaster.
2. Rapid Response Team 
While we can’t help but do something about the damage to people’s homes the damage to our neighbors’ hearts and souls is equally devastating. SP is also looking for volunteers to be trained on their Rapid Response Team (RRT). The RRT consists of trained volunteer chaplains who will prayerful tend to the spiritual and emotional issues thousands of people will be wrestling with.

Time Commitments

The overall remediation and restoration process will take months, so SP will be in the area for a long time. They are asking for volunteers 6 out of 7 days a week (The SP staff will need a day off per week) in one day increments. In other words, you can fit this around your schedule. Take a week of vacation and help out or book 6 Saturdays over three months.  Even one day of your life will help out someone else. It’s up to you.

Age Requirements

SP requires that all volunteers be over the age of 18 for safety reasons. However, people under 18 can volunteer at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in NE Calgary. Contact them directly for details 1.800.663.6500.
Other Opportunities
Following the remediation phase there will be other opportunities to help out. For example, the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is also in the area. They partner with SP in times like this and specialize in repairing homes for people who simply cannot afford it any other way.

ABC, as a church we will continue to look for relevant and effective ways to be involved.

Pastor Wayne Snider
Armstrong Bible Chapel
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell
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