Why We Do It
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
In the busyness of everyday life, people often erect walls and isolate themselves from those around them. Disasters literally and figuratively take down walls, leading people to invite others into their homes and lives. As disaster responders, we get the opportunity to model Christ's mercy in the work that we do and in the way we care for those who are hurting.
Showing Christ's Mercy
Doing Good Work
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
The work that we do is important. We help those who have been impacted by disaster to begin to restore their homes and lives--to return to some sense of normalcy--in the days, weeks, and months following the disaster. The work that we do is important, but only when it points people toward Jesus. As David S. Apple aptly points out, "There is no mercy without the gospel."
Sharing Our Faith
...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15
As we build relationships with people who have been impacted by disasters they invariably ask us the question, "Why are you doing this?" That is our opportunity to tell them of the hope that is within us through Jesus Christ!