February 2018: World Disasters and Welfare

First Sabbath Offering
Goal Amount: 
April 13, 2018


“Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry”(Psalm 146:7).


The Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” The poor are all around us, the distressed, the afflicted, the sorrowing, and those who are ready to perish. There is as great a need for the exercise of mercy today as there ever was. God has made us His stewards, and He is not to be charged with the sufferings, the misery, the nakedness, and the want of humanity. The Lord has made ample provision for all of us. He has given us large supplies with which to alleviate the want of these sufferers and underprivileged ones.


Every day we hear of earthquakes, wars, floods, volcanoes, and other disasters and troubles all over the world resulting in destruction and great damage to property and life. As soon as we here about a calamity, we immediately swing into action to respond to the needs. The way we respond depends deeply on the nature of the disaster, the country, the economic and geopolitical situation at hand. We immediately assess the situation to determine the most appropriate actions.


In addition to this, in time of peace, the Welfare Department provides assistance through funding proposals, technical assistance, training, mentorship, and project identification and implementation. Where we have the expertise, we seek to assist by providing oversight and guidance as needed. Our goal is to empower the local church to meet the needs of their community; whether in the form of food, clothing, blankets, shelter, or emotional support and counseling.


Sharing God’s love around the world is like an airplane which needs fuel to propel it. Your liberal offerings are the fuel that propels almost every aspect of helping the destitute. Without your involvement and this fuel, our best efforts are sure to be a disaster as well. It is hard for everyone to go to the site of calamities, but your offerings can travel far. We appeal to you that your heart may be moved to partake in this noble task. Please, give liberally to this cause.


Your brethren from the Welfare Department