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Suggestions on How to Find Your Congregation's Niche

As with all things, congregations ought to first pray and ask for help in finding their niche in disaster response.
James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

The next step is to find out what others are already doing in their area.  What food pantries are near by?  Are there organizations that help with furniture, utility bills, rent, etc? It doesn't benefit your church, or your community, to start something that another organization is already doing well.  Ask these organizations if there is anything that they need- maybe you can be a support system for them.
Psalm 119:105  "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

Then, find a few things to do and make sure the congregation can do them very well.  There is a million things that you CAN do.  But God will tell you what He WANTS you to do. Look at the ministries your congregations is already doing and see how you can apply THEM to the recovery effort.  Or you may find something new to do.
Isaiah 58:11 "The Lord will guide you always."

While Tree of Life was discovering what our niche was, we looked at many ideas.

If you are looking for ideas for your church, here are some ideas we came across for meeting others' needs after a disaster:
·         Survival kits
·         First aid Kits
·         Personal Kits (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
·         Kitchen Kits
·         Flood Buckets
·         Medical Scrubs and Medical Booties and gloves
·         Spiritual Care Kit (Bible, devotional in a waterproof bag)
·         Laundry Basket, Laundry Soap, Dryer Sheets 
·         Plastic totes to store items
·         Collect and hand out flashlights
·         Quilts

Feel free to use any ideas we listed, or come up with your own. Thank you for being a blessing to those around you!

 You are Jesus' hands and feet here on Earth.  

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

 

http://www.lcms.org/disaster

Lutheran Early Response Training (LERT) Mercy in Action Book