As his own way of helping victims of Hurricane Irma, the Governor of Florida, a Christian, gave Americans an urgent prayer request. His request was to pray — pray as a first resort and trust that God will answering according to His will.
“I don’t see prayer as a last resort, it should always be a first resort,” said Governor Rick Scott according to CBN News. "Pray, pray for everybody in Florida."
Not only are Christians praying for the victims, but they are also pulling together their time, money, and resources. The Daily Caller has reported that Christians are outdoing FEMA in Hurricane aid. So far, over 80 percent of aid delivered to wrecked communities have come from faith-based communities rather than the government.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief, for instance, has over 20,000 trained volunteers with response teams ready to clean up the damage. They are also ready to help families in the process of applying for and receiving government aid. Non-denominational Christian relief organization Convey of Hope has provided meals to victims by setting up feeding stations for affected communities. It has also been reported that Catholic Relief Services have been on the ground helping those impacted by Hurricane Irma. Across denominations, Christians are doing their best to help those suffering from the tragedy.
“FEMA can not do what it does so well without the cooperation of faith-based non-profit organizations and churches,” Rev. Jamie Johnson, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, said according to the Daily Caller. “It’s a beautiful relationship between government and the private sector and it is something to behold.”
Many other Christian groups are coming forward to help victims, something that was also done in response to Hurricane Harvey. CBN's Operation Blessing has been stocking up for its relief and humanitarian aid. In fact, Operation Blessing already has dozens of trailer loads of water and food in an Ocala, Florida warehouse. And they have been in close contact with Florida pastors, who are on the ground, to help prepare for those in need.
Hurricane Irma has brought destruction to Florida. Millions of people are left without power. According to the Washington Post, over 6.4 Floridans have been ordered to evacuate, and more than a quarter of Florida's population have been warned that they'll be on their own if they stay. Many chose to remain in their homes, while 100,000 decided to flee to shelters. So far, there have been no confirmed deaths in Florida, but twenty-four people have so far been reported dead in the Caribbean.
Please pray for the victims of Hurricane Irma. And if you are a Christian, then please share with your friends and family on Facebook. You can also read our breaking news story the devastating impact Hurricane Irma has had on Richard Branson's private island.