When disaster strikes, Church of God Ministries responds immediately. This ministry advances funds to the affected area, with the anticipation of gracious outpouring of donations from people like you. Your gift today equips a response tomorrow!
Disaster Relief proclaims and demonstrates the Good News of Jesus by empowering the people of God to collectively respond to human suffering and faithfully pursue the restoration of all that is broken in order to bring the Kingdom to life on earth as it is in heaven.
How We Work
Because local churches are situated in a community long before a disaster strikes, and will continue to be present long after other humanitarian aid agencies have left, we believe that the church has a unique opportunity for long-term, holistic disaster ministry.
Global Strategy & Church of God Ministries host trainings and workshops with global CHOG leaders and regional networks. Global Strategy Projects also support disaster mitigation by decreasing vulnerabilities and increasing coping capacity in local communities globally.
Immediately following a disaster, official needs assessments are conducted by local CHOG leaders, and a plan is developed for how to best partner with the local church to meet these identified needs.
In areas greatly devastated by a disaster, Global Strategy seeks opportunities for partnering with local churches in the long-term recovery and restoration of physical infrastructures, social institutions, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Disaster Relief in a Modern World
Recent research has helped us rethink effective disaster response based on best practices in a changing world.
1. Disasters are
Disasters often develop at the intersections of natural hazards (hurricanes, wildfires, floods, etc.), human conflicts, socio-political unrest, slow-onset climate changes, and many underlying vulnerabilities.
3. Disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable.
When disaster strike a vulnerable community, they are more likely to suffer its negative impacts and less equipped to recover from the losses. Examples of underlying vulnerability factors include:
- Less access to health care
- Lack of savings and social service safety nets
- Greater dependence on agriculture
- Higher number of daily-wage earners
- Weaker physical infrastructures
2. Disasters are increasing.
Slight changes in climate are producing large changes in weather patterns. Recent examples:
- Less predictable precipitation patterns create more droughts and wildfires.
- Warmer air and water temperatures give way to stronger, more frequent storms.
- Elevated sea levels result in more flooding along coasts and waterways.
4. Disasters greatly affect our Church of God family.
Recent studies show that over 77% of global Church of God congregations live in a country at a high or very high risk of disaster.