AN APPEAL TO HELP PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HADHUD CYCLONE IN AND AROUND VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA.
The terrifying cyclone ‘Hadhud’ has rocked the coastline of Andhra Pradesh and Odhisha. The last three days have been the worst days ever for many in their lifetime. The mighty winds moving at a speed of 200 kmph rattled many houses, damaged the communication systems and thwarted the power supply in the whole region. To put it in the words of my uncle who lives in Visakhapatnam it is “devastating”. He said “what’s the point of having all the money when you cannot save yourself from something like that?.”
A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
First of all, we understand that God is in control and this cyclone is no accident. We also understand God, in His Grace, sometimes shakes the very foundations of human pride and causes them to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ, His Son. Now, the question is, what are we as Christians suppose to do when something like this happens.
1) What would Jesus do?
Based on what is written in the scriptures, we can safely assume that He would preach the Gospel of Repentance (Luke 13:1, 1 Tim 2:4). And then, He heal would and give them something to eat and drink ( Matt 14:14-16, Mark 5:43, Matt 25:31-46). People’s hardheartedness would not deter Him from reaching out to them with compassion (Mark 8:2).
2) What should we do then?
Responding with compassion and kindness towards the grief-stricken is of paramount importance. Like Tabitha we should be relentless in helping others (Acts 9:36). In fact selfless sacrificial love is a proof-positive that we have a true God dwelling within us ( 1 John 3:17). To put it in the words of Moses by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit ” ..but you shall open your hand wide to him (the poor brother) and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs (Due 15:8).”
WHAT VMMF WOULD LIKE TO
We would like to go and help people who are in need and share the good news of Jesus Christ.
In His Service,
If the Lord so moves you to make a donation, please find following are the details.
Name of the Bank : State Bank of India
Name of the Account : Vinukonda Missionary & Medical Fellowship
Account Number : 10464528325
Swift Code: SBININBB325
Branch Code: 948
Bank Address: State Bank of India
B R P Road, One Town Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.