Morgan Hill’s Lighthouse Christian Church is relatively new in
town, and its congregation numbers only 30 to 35 members. But when
Hurricane Katrina struck, they decided they needed to help.
Morgan Hill’s Lighthouse Christian Church is relatively new in town, and its congregation numbers only 30 to 35 members. But when Hurricane Katrina struck, they decided they needed to help.
On Sept. 19, the Rev. Shalea Adams, a native of Louisiana, flew into Alexandria, a major city some five hours north of New Orleans. Her knowledge of the area and personal contacts enabled her to render assistance as needed.
Adams partnered with the State Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Churches, the Rev. Fulenwider. They focused their efforts on a campground owned by the denomination, where 350 evacuees were being housed.
While she was in the area helping with the recovery efforts, Hurricane Rita hit, damaging Alexandria, including contaminating its water supply. Adams stayed until returning to the Bay Area on Sept. 27.
Through an adopt-a-church program run by the denomination, Lighthouse Christian Church plans to partner with New Orleans Assemblies of God pastor and church planter Pastor Teresa Reiger to restore and rebuild her ministries.
The Morgan Hill Church also hopes to find a pastor who has been displaced by the hurricanes and would like to relocate to the Bay Area. They will offer him or her employment as youth pastor in the congregation while covering relocation costs and living expenses.
Pastor Adams explains, “It’s the least and most we can do. Just because the disaster didn’t happen to our church and community doesn’t mean we don’t bear any responsibility. God expects us to engage in a life of personal sacrifice that the world might know and understand the height, breadth and depth of God’s love.
“If this means using our church’s resources to supply the needs of people 3,000 miles away before purchasing property to house our own ministry, then so be it. It is our hope that in giving and sharing the burdens of our nation and world, we will become a light for Christ that God has set in the middle of these dark times.”
The small congregation has pledged $50,000 for recovery from the hurricanes. They have already sent $12,000 to support the church camp, and have raised another $10,000 to send for other relief purposes, perhaps rebuilding damaged churches.
If you would like to be part of this South County response to the hurricane disasters on the Gulf Coast, call Pastor Adams at (408) 896-2500.
Next week, in the conclusion of this article, I’ll be telling about Lighthouse’s ministry in South County.