“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” ( James 1:27 ESV ) “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” ( 1 Peter 3:8 ESV )
At Calvary Chapel we believe in the community of believers. We believe that it is important to reach out in mercy to those who are desperate need. Part of the way we do this is by sending teams into disaster areas soon after the event. We have deployed on six occasions and two major events. Three times to Joplin due to the EF-5 Tornado, twice to Louisiana/Mississippi area due to Hurricane Katrina, and once to Mena, Arkansas after the EF-3 Tornado. In addition to these, we have also been involved in re-building a Church destroyed during Katrina, on ABC Television’s “Extreme Makeover: The Home Edition.”
Our vision is to reach
people with the love of Jesus
during times of crisis.
We accomplish this by:
1. Service: We desire to meet the needs of the people directly involved in the disaster.
Practical serving: Food service, cleaning and construction.
- Along with Calvary Relief and other organizations we have served as many 3,000 meals a day.
- Our team was able to “gut-out” houses to prepare them for re-construction and clean up yards in preparation for debris removal.
- We have been directly involved in construction and tree-removal.
2. Needs: We desire to meet the spiritual needs of the people.
We have various outreaches to the community.
- Outreach to police personnel
- Outreach to construction workers
- Outreach to locals who have been personally affected
- Outreach to local churches
3. Follow-up: We desire to meet the continuing needs of the people
We have various ways of doing this.
- Monetary giving
- Follow-up missions trips
- Prayer support