Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School
When a disaster takes place, we are blessed to partner with First Orlando and the North American Mission Board. These wonderful relationships allow families at TFA to leverage their resources in an amazing way. The relief supplies move forward more quickly and are targeted more effectively than we could ever do on our own.
In just four short weeks, the 2017 hurricane season produced three catastrophic storms. Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston and dropped the single largest rainfall ever recorded in the continental United States. Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest Atlantic storms in history and ravaged the Caribbean before hitting Florida and the southeastern United States. And most recently, the island of Puerto Rico was paralyzed by Hurricane Maria’s vicious winds and flooding.
Remarkably, as each storm moved out, Christians poured in to be the hands and feet of Jesus among hurting people. Countless stories could be told, but I wanted to highlight the important work that is being done by the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
In addition to its evangelism and church planting efforts, NAMB has the 3rd largest disaster relief operation in the country with a trained volunteer force of more than 80,000 strong. For more than 50 years, NAMB’s relief efforts have included food and water distribution, structural repairs, demolition, construction, and much more.
The North American Mission Board’s response to the recent storms has been swift and highly effective. Even after Hurricane Harvey, NAMB mobilized resources to provide 500,000 meals per day to Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.
The path to recovery for many families will be long and very difficult, so I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to consider giving to support ongoing relief efforts through the North American Mission Board.