Disaster Relief Is A Sprint And A Marathon
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
After a disaster hits, the news is full of pictures and stories, pleading for the audience to help and empathize for those affected. Hearts are touched and emotions are stirred, leading people to give, volunteer, and pray for the devastated areas. There is a sprint to get needed items to those who have lost everything - water, food, clothing, tools, etc. Midwest Mission rushes to ask donors and volunteers to help supply items that have been specifically requested by partner organizations.
But three days later, the next disaster is on the news. And the cycle has moved onto the next round — news, emotion, prayer, help, repeat.
But, three days later, those impacted by the first disaster have not moved on. Their lives are still in chaos. Their immediate needs might have been met, but they don’t yet know the long-term needs. They are simply surviving.