Let’s PRAY As We Prepare For Hurricane Florence!

Those of us who live on the East Coast have been instructed to prepare for the “extremely dangerous” Category 4 Hurricane Florence, which is set to hit North and South Carolina on Thursday, and is likely to affect millions.

As we prepare for what some have said could be “one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years,” I am reminded of the storm the disciples were facing in the Luke 8:22-25 passage. On the Sea of Galilee, even when the disciples began to fear, Jesus showed that he was Lord over the waters by rebuking the storms, so that all would know that even the wind and the waves obey him. Often we overlook another important truth of the passage: in both calm and storm, the Lord is with us!

Florence might be a big storm, but our creator God is infinitely greater. Whether our prayer is for the Lord to calm the storm, help us endure the storm or even use the storm – we are comforted by knowing that He who is greater than any storm is with us.

The Apostle Paul reminded the believers at Rome that nothing can separate us from the love of God! These verses are always a great source of comfort to us when we face the storms of life!

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are praying for safety and protection for each of you knowing that our mighty God who is for us is also with us! Please remember to pray for our IPHC DRUSA volunteers who will be serving during this storm. Our Conference DRUSA Director, Brian Frazier and our Shower Trailer team is currently preparing to respond if and when they are called to assist those affected by the storm.

If there is anything I can do to assist with information or to serve in anyway, please do not hesitate to call or email. You can reach me at 336-656-7936, 828-228-1959 or at [email protected].


Mike Ainsworth
Conference Superintendent