By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
South Carolina once again is feeling the brunt of a powerful hurricane that has caused widespread property damage across our state.
While many South Carolinians have had their lives disrupted, there is tremendous evidence of God’s faithfulness in our midst. We recognize that these are trying times that are overwhelming and often lead us to believe there is nothing we can do to help.
I simply remind you that we are a connectional church and are not alone in responding to communities in need.
Led by our Disaster Response Coordinator Matt Brodie, the South Carolina Disaster Response Team is assessing needs and coordinating with state and local authorities to respond in a timely way.
Above all else, consider these opportunities to assist our neighbors in the recovery process.
Pray: Pray for the families who are impacted by this disaster through the loss of property and livelihood. Pray that these communities will continue to come together to forge stronger relationships and connections in the recovery process.
Give: Give generously of your compassion and financial resources. You can donate to support our relief efforts through your local church or find other contribution methods on our website at www.umcsc.org.
Volunteer: Consider being trained and volunteering for recovery efforts. Offering your time and talents is essential to those in need.
These will continue to be anxious times for all who are affected in this weather event. As people of faith, we know that God’s love will triumph in the midst of loss and destruction.