Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose; Fires in Western US and the Mexico Earthquake

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose; Fires in Western US and the Mexico Earthquake

Our hearts break for those who are experiencing such great loss of life and property in the face of multiple catastrophic events in our sphere of influence.  The number and scope of the current needs are so great that you and your congregation may feel paralyzed, not knowing what to do.

CBAmerica’s strategy in light of these needs is:

Encouraging individuals and congregations to consider initially giving to those organizations best prepared for early relief efforts.  Our early response agency of choice would be Samaritan’s Purse. Other options would include the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist).

To help meet long-term recovery efforts we are encouraging individuals and churches to give to CBAmerica’s ACTS Fund. Along with WorldVenture, we are partnering with Crossover Bible Fellowship of Houston and the Houston Church Planting Network.  They are an anchor relief church and organization that are receiving teams from church wanting to help (use this hyperlink to access a team form).

Mission Mid-Atlantic Director, Jim Leary is in contact with CBAmerica Churches in Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Southwest Florida.  Pray for Parkway Baptist Church, Pastor Len Anderson, in Fort Meyer, FL as Irma is projected to have a great impact on this area.

We continue to communicate with our CBNorthwest Region in regard to the fires that are devastating the area.  Additionally, we will look to Missions Door for disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean and Southern Mexico.




Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Responding to Hurricane Harvey

How can we help?  In the face of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, this is the cry of hearts inundated with images of the flooding and interviews of those displaced, having experienced the loss of all of life’s possessions. Our hearts are heavy, our eyes are teary and our prayers are intercessory in the face of so many loosing so much.

Having been involved in relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and flooding here in Colorado along Saint Vrain, I have some observations with regard to responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

First, it is impossible to assess the totality of the disaster while it is still occurring.  The area of impact is experiencing complete infrastructure failure at this point.  Roads, water, sewer and electrical components continue to be compromised or destroyed. It will be several more days before Harvey is done. As disasters go, the current operations would be labeled as “Search and Rescue” and “Emergency Relief”.

There are several groups that a church can support that are well suited for these stages of disaster relief.  I would suggest that if churches want to engage immediately that they consider sending their support to Samaritan’s Purse.  Other early responders equipped to move into disasters in these early stages are the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

Once these groups have done the work that they are best prepared do, the recovery stages can begin. The recovery stage, when people can begin rebuilding their lives, can only begin when basic infrastructure components are restored and people are no longer worried about safety and survival.

This is a long-term disaster that will require long-term support that over the next several weeks and months will move from “Search and Rescue” and “Emergency Relief” to recovery.  The recovery stage can have very distinct stages that require different support needs. Those stages are:

  • Early RecoveryThey have a place to get food and water and a temporary or transitional shelter that can withstand wind and rain. They can go about their daily lives, beginning to resume some kind of normal existence.
  • Medium to Long-Term RecoveryDuring medium to long-term recovery, the work of building permanent physical structures to replace tents, trailers, or plywood houses begins, as does restoration of social structures.
  • Community DevelopmentCommunity development is a means of improving on the “normal.” Traditionally, this phase is not considered part of emergency response.[1]

We are currently looking for strategic partnerships – organizations and churches that will become staging areas for ongoing relief.  Our long-term strategy will be prioritized by:

  • Helping churches that desire to minister to their communities as staging or resourcing areas of relief.
  • Helping families in those churches gain stability in their lives so that they can help minister to their community.
  • All the while looking for opportunity to share the love of Jesus with neighbors by helping them rebuild their lives.

Like Katrina relief, we hope to discover opportunities for churches to send teams to assist in recovery.

CBAmerica will be receiving designated gifts for Hurricane Harvey Relief CLICK HERE.

To give to Samaritans Purse Hurricane Harvey Relief CLICK HERE.

[1] http://reliefweb.int/report/world/phases-disaster-recovery-emergency-response-long-term

 

3 Myths of the 501(c)(3)

A recent article in Church Executive was titled “3 myths of the 501(c)(3): When misunderstandings lead to misguidance”. The three myths discussed in the article are:

  • Misconception #1:      Obtaining 501(c)(3) approval means my church will be a ‘state controlled church’; therefore, the government can tell me what to preach.
  • Misconception #2:      Obtaining 501(c)(3) approval would subject my church to participate in activities it does not condone.
  • Misconception #3:      Obtaining 501(c)(3) approval is not required.

Each week CBAmerica is contacted by churches seeking verification of their 501(c)(3) status under the CBAmerica Group Exemption Number 1719. A church is covered by the CBAmerica Group Exemption if the church is in good standing with their region, has its own Employer Identification Number (EIN) and is included in the CBAmerica Database of active churches.

If you church desires a letter of verification of their coverage under CBAmerica’s Group Exemption for the current year please submit the following completed FORM.

The Pacific Church Network and Next Generation Churches are covered by their regions Group Exemption. Please contact your regional office to receive verification of your status under their Group Exemption.

2016 CBAmerica Chaplaincy Video

Across America, and around the world, CBAmerica chaplains serve in a wide variety of ministries, Federal State, and Civilian.  90 chaplains serve in all branches of the US Military (Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard & Air Force) and its components (Active, Guard & Reserve); plus the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Veterans Health Administration.  Another 50 serve in civilian chaplaincies in hospital, hospice, prison, law enforcement, fire, Veteran, and Wounded Warrior settings.  Another 20 seminarians are preparing themselves to enter one of these chaplaincy ministries.

In Response to the Supreme Court’s Redefining Marriage

At the meeting of the Regional Executive Directors in Denver on June 29th, 2015, Dr. David Whitaker led the board in a discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. The following was adapted from an earlier statement created by Dr. Whitaker and is the board’s official response to that decision:

CBAmerica’s Statement Here

Resources:

Here is the update from Christianity TodaySupreme Court: States Can’t Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Here is a statement from Al Mohler: Mohler Responses to Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Here is a statement from NAE: Supreme Court Redefines Marriage and God Defined Marriage

Here is a statement made by a diverse coalition of evangelical leaders assembled by the ERLC: Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

Here is a Christianity Today Editorial written by Mark Galli: Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

Here is a statement by Ray Ortlund about Marriage and the Gospel: What is Marriage, According to the Bible?

Here is a summary of the decision by Joe Carter: Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Here is a statement from John Piper: So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity

Here is a statement by Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom, for churches to consider: What Your Church Needs to Know – And Do – About the Court’s Marriage Ruling

2015 Global Leadership Summit – August 6-7

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The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is telecast live from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to more than 300 satellite locations in North America. It exists to transform Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local church.

The Summit is designed for your entire leadership team’s staff and volunteers, key influencers and innovators within the community, emerging leaders, and students with leadership gifts. Churches and organizations are encouraged to bring large teams to experience the learning together.

CBAmerica has secured special discounted pricing for members of CBAmerica and associated regions:

$139/registration good until the Summit.
Priority Code: GLSCRFT15

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Nepal Disaster Relief

Nepal Earthquake
On Saturday, April 25, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.89 hit the capital city of Nepal. The death toll has now passed 7,500 with over 14,000 injured as the nation struggles to cope with devastation. Please pray for the church of Christ in Nepal and ministry of Christ to the people of Nepal.

CBAmerica is responding to this disaster by coordinating financial resources towards Nepal Disaster Relief. If you or your church would like help by giving financially, please send your contribution directly to CBAmerica designated, “Nepal Relief.” 100% of those funds will be passed forward to the relief effort. For information about giving, visit the CBAmerica website at www.cbamerica.org or call CBAmerica at 720 283-3030. We pray that churches and individuals will respond with prayerful compassion. with significant amount of aid to this country where our missionaries have served for many years.





Russell Retirement Ceremony

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