Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Efforts:

By: Southeastern Conference
Date: 09/06/05
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The following is a statement from Clarence L. Wright, SEC Community Services Director, about the Adventist Church's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts:

As you are well aware, Hurricane Katrina has devastated parts of Southern Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. Lives, homes, and property have either been lost, or severally impacted.

I have received calls and questions from many of you asking what are we going to do to assist those individuals who have been affected by this recent Hurricane. I called both South Central Conference, and Southwest Region Conference to get direction in this matter. The information I have received is that a warehouse will be set up in Jackson, Mississippi, and one will soon open in Louisiana. If you or someone in your church would have time to work in a warehouse, please send me your name, and telephone number, and I will forward this information to our Warehouse Operations Director. As you probably already know, the Federal Government has appointed the Seventh-day Adventist Church to manage warehouses in the event of Major Disasters. However, you may not be able to physically go to a Disaster Site, and lend your hand, but you still would like to do something. If so, please send a donation to the Southeastern Conference, and designate on your check that this is for Gulf Coast Disaster Relief. We will forward all monies to the appropriate Agencies.

In times like these God people must become proactive in striving to alleviate human suffering and pain. Yet we know that all what we see nowadays are but portents of the end of time. As the hymnist writes, The signs that show His coming near are fast fulfilling year by year. Ellen White echoes these sentiments in a statement from Testimonies, Vol. 6, and page 408. Here is what she says: The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there shall be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.

Ours is a work of proclamation, in word and in deed. Continue to pray for our Brothers and Sisters in the Gulf Coast and Louisiana areas. May God continue to bless you as you work for the Master in your part of His vineyard.

Your Servant in Christ,

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