First we need to thank God that there was no loss of life in our churches and communities. Second we need to pray for those who suffered loss and help them in the recovery process. Third, we need to recommit ourselves to being obedient to God. Fourth, we need to rejoice in the many stories we are hearing of miracles. Fifth, we need to give thanks to the many volunteers who are actively helping those who have worked to help those who have suffered loss. Sixth, we need to reflect upon lessons we need to learn from this experience—the uncertainty of life, the relative unimportance of material processions, the care of God in times of danger and tragedy. Seventh, we need to ask ourselves if God may have been speaking to us about our everyday conduct of life.
Many of our churches have responded to the needs of others by launching ministries. Here are the ones that I know about—Mt. Pleasant and Highland feed a small multitude in the Walker County community of Sipsey, Covenant of Peace is working with Glen Haven in Tuscaloosa, Friendship is working with Chapel Hill in Tuscaloosa, Aliceville First has taken supplies to Holt, Capstone Church, The Belk Center, Five Points Baptist and has worked in Zion, Carrollton Baptist is doing cleanup work at Rosedale in Tuscaloosa, Arbor Springs distributed items to Five Points, Children in Action made hygiene kits, and the youth groups from Arbor Springs and Reform First made lunch for the Rosedale community. Stansel Baptist worked in areas of Alberta City, Sawyerville, 15th Street, and Geiger. Our PBA disaster relief team has been working in the areas of Reform and Zion. Let us know of other projects that our churches are doing so that we can share the good news.
Many of the churches are taking up money to send to the State Convention Disaster Relief Fund. This is a very good way to help. The funds will go through our churches in the impacted communities.
Here at the association we are setting up a large truck trailer to receive donations of canned food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, summer clothing, personal hygiene, detergent, toys, small pots and pans, paper products, garbage bags, foil, plastic crates, etc. We will be open from 8 to 4 on Monday-Saturday. On Sunday, please deliver to your local church, and we can provide a pick-up if necessary. We project helping through local churches in the communities of Sipsey, Geiger, and Forkland. We have a good distribution plan in place. We will also accept donations and pass them through these churches.