When disasters strike, the images of destruction and human suffering are impossible to ignore. The desire to help those in desperate need is fundamental to the foundations of the Church, but how best to help? First, remember that disaster preparedness begins at home. Take steps to prepare your congregation before a disaster occurs so that they become survivors rather than victims. When disaster does happen, help responsibly. Unneeded donations and hordes of unorganized volunteers can create a “disaster-within-a-disaster.” Instead, give only what is needed and, though it may sound crass, money is often the best gift. Pray for survivors and first responders.
This article originally appeared in the NAE Insight.