We receive many inquiries regarding disaster response for those affecting by hurricanes and floods. Below is a quick guide to answers and resources:
Where should I give?
When relief (life-saving shelter, food, water) is needed, give immediately to the most effective agencies already set-up and staffed with excellent systems in place.
Which agencies are those?
We recommend the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse. They are first-responders that are on the ground in disasters with immediate clearance allowed to go where the needs are most urgent.
But I want to go and help. Can you connect me to a destination?
Dollars given immediately really are the best ways to help without hurting these first few weeks. Watch this video to understand why.
After the relief phase of any disaster (first few weeks), the rebuilding phase begins. Christ Presbyterian will keep you posted as decisions are made. Christ Presbyterian's Mission Advisory Team prayerfully consider the months of rebuilding that will be needed ahead—like we did with direct assistance to 20 families who lost everything in the Gatlinburg Fires and 51 families affected by the Baton Rouge floods.
What about efforts coordinated by our Nashville Presbytery?
The Nashville Presbytery Mercy/Missions Committee will be mobilized and will work through Mission to North America, an organization active in national emergencies.
Is our Diaconate in a position to help?
Our Diaconate will review their systems and decide how to most effectively respond.
What about our denomination’s efforts nationally?
Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, funds disaster relief through Mission to North America, an organization active in national emergencies and works in conjunction with all the great organizations listed above.
We hope this information is helpful and know that we will keep you posted as Christ Presbyterian's Mission Advisory Team considers longterm ways to support relief efforts ahead.