What is the Church’s response to this possible, and some say probable event. Are we, as Christians, supposed to say that nothing will befall us because God is taking care of us? Or, do we buy up as much food, gasoline, and all the things necessary for years of existence away from the population, then transport it all to a remote location and wait out the END? It seems that to sit idly by and let whatever happens happen would be to act as a simpleton. On the other hand, going off to some remote place seems to negate the great commission. It seems that God would have us do something near the middle, within our ability to do so.
The Word tells us; Prov 27:12 A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself( takes refuge); but the simple pass on( as normal), and are punished. (KJV)
Joseph prepared during the good years to have the necessities during the famine years. All to his ability to do so. Should we do less?
If the Church is to prepare, where should it start? With whom should it start?
- The Church Staff need to become aware of the problem and the potential needs of the Church, due to possible failures arising out of End Times Scenarios.
- The Pastor and Staff need to introduce these Scenarios to congregation, slowly at first, with greater intensity later as needs dictate.
- Leaders need to communicate what the problem is and the possible failure points in the civil infrastructure and how these may affect each family.
- The Church needs to provide resources for each family to inventory their homes for areas of impact to their daily life by possible failures, and the contingency plans that best work for each family.
- Stress at all times through voice and body language the need to not panic, but that we are all in this together. Develop a sense of community within, and outreach without. ( A great time to teach faith lessons, and gift usage.)
- Communicate need for preparation in following areas:
- Clerical, Important documents and information in hard copy form, held in personal safe place.
- Economic, An extra 3 month’s supply of cash money.
- Physical, The gathering of a minimum of 3 months supply of comfort foods, and a 2 month supply of drinking water.
- Medical, The gathering of at least 3 months supply of necessary prescription and non-prescription medicines.
- Hygiene, The gathering of necessary personal hygiene items, i.e., toilet paper, feminine napkins, etc.
- Dwelling, The determination of the viability of the home heat source, and the measures to protect and or augment.
- Emotional, Plenty of games, toys, etc to ease stress.
- Infrastructure, Flashlights, candles, batteries, blankets, and cloths, etc.