This sometimes becomes the last step in the process. But in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are encouraged to pray without ceasing. Which means the first step, succeeding steps and the final step is prayer.
2. Leave it to the experts.
If it’s not your expertise, don’t get involved. I’m particularly talking about rescue operations. You want to add to the solution not the problem. Help in anyway you can but if it is going to endanger you and others, let the experts step in.
3. Text, tweet, post responsibly.
Technology and social media has played a very crucial role during these times. Many have been rescued, assisted, helped, fed, provided for because of social networks. It has been a major communication tool to donors, volunteers and sponsors.
At the same breath, jokes about other people’s plight is not funny… Seriously!
Also, retweeting old tweets to benefit self is also not beneficial.
Posting/tweeting messages that bring fear than faith is also not helpful.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
4. If it will not help, just zip it.
5. Just help.
Genuine hearts give whether people find out or not.
This type of event sometimes can be turned into a platform for people to advance personal agenda, cause, plan or scheme.
Those who want to help, check out this link if you want to get involved.
You could also go to accredited organizations to help and send your relief goods:
1. Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
2. Gawad Kalinga http://gk1world.com/ncr-monsoon-flooding.
3. Ateneo de Manila – See details here
4. DLSU USG “SAGIP METRO 3″ – See details here.
5. GMA Kapuso Network Foundation – donate here.
6. CCF Alabang and Ortigas – See details here.
7. LBC stores will serve as a drop-off centers. (for Philippine Red Cross) See details here.
8. McDonalds stores will also serve as drop-off centers. (Link to store/branch locator)
Remember, it doesn’t matter who gets the credit as long as the job gets done.
6. Find out important numbers.
Keep important numbers handy.
You’ll never know when you’ll need it or someone you know will need it.
7. Again, pray.
Keep talking to Jesus under your breath.
He is with you every time and all the time.
“…because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Please feel free to add to the list. Comment below. Thanks.