God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 NIV)
What do we do when tragedy strikes? The members of Central Baptist Church in Appomattox recently experienced a tragedy. A tornado struck the church and caused major damage. They will decide on Thursday whether they will rebuild or not. (The members I talked with want to rebuild.) What can Sunday School classes and small groups do to connect when tragedy strikes?
Pray! We must always begin with prayer. Get your group to pray about current events and tragedy. Pray for victims and persons willing to help. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always (I Chronicles 16:11 NIV.)
Give! The Baptist General Association of Virginia has one of the top disaster relief programs in the country! The American Red Cross has the BGAV at the top of their calling list. Why? They don’t just help start the process, but see it through to the end! Here is a link on how to get involved financially: http://bgav.org/disaster-response-callout/
Volunteer for Missions: We are all called to use our gifts for the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission is clear. Trained volunteers are important. Millennials & Baby Boomers want to see that churches care about community outside of the church walls. Here is a great training avenue for Disaster relief and beyond around the world: http://bgav.org/glocal-initiatives/missionmatters/
Use your Skills to Mentor Others: While you are serving those in need, bring someone you can mentor. (Remember the Great Commission.) Central Baptist had the entire Appomattox High School football team come on Saturday to remove debris. What would happen if other youth and adults came to connect with these football players? (They went undefeated and won the 2A state championship last year.) What are you doing to help the next generation?
More to come about Central Baptist and their decision.