Disaster Relief and the Great Commission – Part One

Missionary Jack Dyer taught me to never say, “God bless you,” unless I was willing to be an instrument of that blessing. The love and “shalom” of God should be experienced by hurting people. We must be careful to represent God in “being and doing,” not just “telling,” especially in times of disaster.

This is one of my early lessons as an intern working with Jack in the late 1980s and early 90s in Eastern Honduras. We lived and worked in a context of extreme poverty, natural disasters, and civil war. Hurricanes and earthquakes were a common occurrence. During those formative years, I learned the great value of disaster relief and how it positively impacts our global Great Commission efforts.

We know disaster will happen. We just don’t know when.

This is part one of a three part article.\

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