Archived Friday Faxes
FRIDAY FAX -- Special Edition
September 16, 2008
A News and Information Service for Leaders in North America
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From the editor — This Special Edition of Friday FAX is coming to you earlier than usual in order to get this announcement into as many churches as possible by this Sabbath.
Please forward it on to all of your churches and ask them to print out the bulletin inserts provided at www.nadadventist.org/site/1/docs/Bulletin_Insert_Disasters.pdf to include in their weekly newsletters and church bulletins.
Adventist Community Services
“SERVING COMMUNITIES IN CHRIST’S NAME”
“You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.” Deut.15:11 (NKJV) Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR), the official Seventh-day Adventist disaster response organization in the United States and Bermuda, has been very busy this year doing just this.
Hundreds of volunteers from numerous Unions and Conferences have partnered to provide disaster assistance to communities all over our country. Early this year, ACS DR responded to flooding in the Northwest by providing goods and assisting with recovery and rebuilding. Numerous tornadoes and flooding have impacted our country’s mid-section. In response, ACS DR has distributed tons of goods such as food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, and clothing.
July brought Hurricane Dolly to Texas. ACS DR distributed much needed new clothing outfits, blankets, and personal care kits. This month we have seen Hurricanes Gustav and Ike not only devastate the states of Texas and Louisiana, but severely affect numerous other states as well. With financial assistance from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to purchase needed goods, the distribution of over 2,000 flood buckets and 6,000 blankets in Louisiana has begun. Teams have also assisted with community clean up. Volunteers have included a group of more than 40 from the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University. Thousands are still living without electricity. The effects of Hurricane Ike are still being determined. Tens of thousands remain in shelters. Water, sewage, and electricity are still not available in large areas. ACS DR once again is providing clothing, blankets, and person care kits in response to Hurricane Ike.
ACS DR operations are in need of your help. Resources are stretched thin and continuing needs are still being identified. Whole neighborhoods have been washed away and homes left standing have significant damage.
“The love of God not only proclaims through our message, but is demonstrated through our compassionate act of Adventist Community Services Disaster Response volunteers, says North American Division ACS DR Director Sung Kwon. “This serving opportunity earns us the privilege to share the truth that we uphold. We appreciate the collaboration and effort of church members through the multiple Unions and Conferences. We need your support at this difficult time.”
Please pray for all of those affected by these tremendous tragedies and consider opening your hand wide to your brother by making a donation to Adventist Community Services. Donations may be made by:
• Placing a donation in your church offering plate labeled “ACS Disaster Response”
• Calling 1-800-381-7171
• Going to www.communityservices.org and click on “Donate Funds Today”
• Mailing a donation to ACS, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904
“The King will answer… Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Matt. 25:40 (NKJV)