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5 Ways to Turn Tragedy Around

5 Ways to Turn Tragedy Around

  • Witness where you are. Seek to be a blessing in ways that you feel realistically fit your talents, time and resources. “If God has placed you in a corporate workplace, be a missionary there. People are hungry for God,” says Alex Karras. And, never underestimate the power of prayer.
  • Regularly donate money, personal supplies or food to local agencies, such as ACS. Being able to give people basic supplies is one of the best ways we can respond quickly in times of tragedy, says Sheila Schlisner Hendricks, former executive director and a current board member of the Adventist Community Services Center of Greater Washington (ACSGW).
  • Volunteer. If you are unsure about what to do, call local agencies that aid people during tragedies and ask how to best help. “[We might need help] sorting through and organizing the donations,” says Hendricks.
  • Be a mentor and friend to those in need. Celeste Ryan Blyden advises us to remember Ellen White’s counsel: “By visiting the people, talking, praying, sympathizing with them, you will win hearts” (Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 41).
  • Weigh in on issues that impact our local and global communities. Something as simple as starting a social media campaign to raise awareness can make a difference and keeps Adventists relevant.

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