After Hurricane Charley crossed the Florida peninsula, leaving in its wake 25 confirmed dead and an estimated $20 billion in damages, many Christians groups are continuing to rally to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those affected. Beginning August 17, the International Bible Society (IBS) reports that it has been distributing thousands of Scriptures through a cooperative effort with The Salvation Army, U.S. Military Chaplains, Redeemer Lutheran Church, and other local churches.
“Drawing on its Crisis and Disaster Outreach Fund, IBS is providing a variety of Scriptures to help meet the spiritual needs of those impacted by Hurricane Charley,” said Peter Bradley, President of IBS. “We know only God’s Word can comfort those who have been through this crisis, so we are giving out these Scriptures as quickly as possible.”
Through the cooperative effort, IBS seeks to bring a message of hope and comfort to the victims of this hurricane by distributing up to 40,000 Scripture resources to minister to disaster victims the comfort and hope found in God’s Word. Some of the Scriptures in this distribution are When Your Whole World Changes (in English and Spanish for adults), Deeper Still (in English and Spanish for adults), A Time for Everything (for children), Building the Mosaic (a Scripture-based journal for disaster and relief workers), a large-print volume of Psalms, and King James Version New Testaments.
Jeffrey Jellets, The Salvation Army’s Territorial Disaster Coordinator in Atlanta, said, “IBS’ support is helping us achieve our goal of ministering to both the physical and spiritual needs of those affected by Hurricane Charley. The Salvation Army appreciates our partnership with IBS. We are working together to bring God’s Word into the hands and hearts of the men, women and children in this area.”
Individuals in the United States wishing to donate to IBS’ ongoing Crisis and Disaster Outreach Fund may do so by calling Donor Services, toll-free 1-800-987-3595, or by visiting www.IBSMinistry.org/disasterfund.
Also, for those wishing to have Scriptures in this disaster area are encouraged to contact IBS at 1-800-266-6364.