Currently East Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years and it is affecting more than 10 million people, many of whom are children. It has been termed “the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world”.
As individuals hearing this news we should be stirred to action; quickly seeking out ways to respond with appropriate aid. Jesus constantly reminds us to love and care for the poor. He, himself, fed the hungry and we are reminded that it is in actions like this we live out the Kingdom life (Matthew 25:34-40).
As deacons though, we need to go even further. It’s not enough for us to respond individually. We must also engage the congregation, reminding them of their call and providing opportunities for them to respond.
It is in this particular way that we are blessed as churches to have a partner organization like CRWRC within our denomination. They are involved directly in the relief work and long-term planning currently happening in East Africa. We can confidently share the stories from the CRWRC, encourage our churches to give generously, and know that the resources they receive are stewarded wisely (and in Canada, are multiplied with government support!).
Having partners in ministry is an amazing gift! We act wisely when we familiarize ourselves with the resources available and seek to build the relationships that are already in place.