As you may already know, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country of Nepal the morning of Saturday, April 25. More than 1,000 people are confirmed dead, thousands are missing and feared dead or trapped, and still thousands more are injured.
RCA Global Mission is working with our partner in international disaster response, World Vision, which has national offices in Nepal. Currently, the response to the earthquake is still focused on search and rescue. But in the coming days, that response will shift to immediate concerns of food, clean water, shelter, and protection for children. World Vision is mobilizing their teams to respond immediately to those needs.
Please pray for the people in Nepal and India who have been injured or displaced or lost loved ones, or whose loved ones are still missing. Pray for people who are trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings, and pray for search and rescue workers who are attempting to find them and free them. Pray for medical workers as they assist injured people. Pray for safety as aftershocks rock the area.
You can give online at www.rca.org/nepalearthquake.
You can donate by mail:
Reformed Church in America
4500 60th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Please note on the check “Nepal Earthquake.”
This year the RCA General Synod will be held in Chicagoland, as it returns to Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. In order for Synod to happen well, your help is needed, and there are several ways to be involved.
Rev. Christopher Poest is one of the point-persons for our region in coordinating volunteers and you can contact him either to volunteer or to get more information: email@example.com
Drivers, and church buses/vans, are needed Wednesday, June 10 & Thursday, June 11 to to shuttle people from O’Hare to Trinity.
Golf Cart Drivers:
This is often one of the most enjoyable ways to volunteer at Synod. Throughout the week, there will be golf carts to help transport people across Trinity’s campus, but the carts need drivers.
Host Churches (Sunday, June 14):
Synod delegates will worship at area churches the Sunday of Synod. If you are willing to host delegates, and provide transportation for them to/from church and Trinity, please let me know.
Shopping at IKEA:
Yes, you read that right! Women’s Transformation & Leadership staff are hoping to create a living-room type hospitality area in the vendor display space. We’re looking for a couple of people who can purchase the furniture (you’ll be fully reimbursed), assemble it, and get it to Trinity. Probably a couple of comfy chairs, a coffee table, and the like.
General Synod will be back again next year at the same location, so if you cannot help now, keep this in mind.