In recent years, natural disasters have been steadily increasing across the globe and warring, terrorism and economic turmoil have become daily news. As Christ-followers, we know the Word of God promises conditions will only worsen as we near the time of His return, and we are cautioned to be ready. We are first called to be spiritually prepared, as we are warned in the parable of the 10 virgins, but we are also called to be prepared physically so that we can be a light and aid to those around us. Like Nehemiah and his men, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem with a tool in one hand and a sword in the other, we are called to be watchmen on the wall, rebuilding and building anew, prepared for battle. We are called to be people who understand the times like Joseph and the sons of Issachar so that we can provide both physical and spiritual solutions in times of crisis and great need.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
Would you be able to survive and provide for your family should something cause a food shortage or prevent food delivery to your local grocery store? Do you have an alternate water supply should your water become contaminated or in the event of a prolonged power outage? Would you be able to heat your home and communicate with your loved ones in the event of a power outage or EMP? Would you and your family have enough basic supplies and medicine should normal supply lines be cut off for a period of time?
There are some very practical things that everyone can do to prepare for most disasters. Check out our How to Prepare section for basic and long-term preparedness information and resources. We have an extensive preparation list with suggestions from a myriad of preparation organizations. Once you and your family are prepared, you can help prepare your church and local community, so when difficult times come, you will not be a victim but can provide life-saving assistance to those around you.
Attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course is a great place to start. You can watch for upcoming CERT training dates on our website, or request to host one at your local church. Along with basic preparation skills, you will learn how to assist emergency response personnel in disaster situations. What an impact we can make if we are prepared with both spiritual and physical help in times of greatest need!