“After the flood…”
“After the fire…”
“After the storm…”
These words often mark the beginning of a recovery story. After a disaster, life never looks quite the same. Many survivors tell us that they view the world in two distinct parts: before and after. When Week of Compassion begins its work with a family, congregation or community, they are often in the beginning chapters of their “after” story. It means a long and difficult journey ahead; it also means there are hopeful days to come.
“After” is such an important part of the work that we do, many don’t realize that Week of Compassion also offers resources to help “before.” Before the flood, before the fire, before the storm… We want to help congregations prepare for the unexpected long before disaster strikes; so that when it does, the Church will be far better equipped to serve its neighbors in the aftermath.
With the effects of climate change, natural disasters are happening with more frequency, and with greater severity, than ever before. There has never been a more important time for communities of faith to be ready to respond--quickly and effectively-- in an emergency. Whether you live in an area vulnerable to floods, fires or tornadoes, there are practical steps you can take to ensure that your church’s leaders (and facilities) are prepared to serve in times of urgent need.
Week of Compassion is now making it easy for you to join us for a disaster preparedness event. In partnership with Disciples Seminary Foundation. We are offering a free webinar on Tuesday, March 5. Associate Director Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold will use her wide range of experience in disaster relief to help your congregation put a plan in place. You can register here.
Rev. Cathy Myers Wirt is co-regional minister in the Oregon/Southwest Idaho Region, and participated in a live version of the training in the fall of 2018. She says, "since our geographic area expects a large earthquake in the near future, our regional church hosted a disaster preparedness training with 30 persons from 8 congregations last fall to begin working together on organizing resources for disaster response. The leadership of two staff members [from Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering] gave the participants a full vision of our whole Church’s shared ministry of disaster response and rebuilding efforts. Congregational leaders used tools provided by the trainers to assess our own preparedness for emergencies in our own communities. This event generated the energy for a second event this spring. The Week of Compassion staff brought keen insight and experience, providing us with the resources to continue our work toward a coordinated and developed emergency plan together."
We always hope that we will never need to be a part of your “after” story; but we we are ready when you need us, and want you to be ready, too. Join us for this important event and learn how planning