The devastating results of #Harvey #Irma and the wildfires in Oregon have us in the PLI team thinking about the best ways to love and help neighbors, friends and strangers in times of crisis. We worked with Diane Bahn, resident in a Harvey affected area and Leadership Essentials leader/coach, to compile a list of helpful reminders when reaching out to someone in crisis. Here’s part two of the list. If you missed the first list read it here.
Sometimes people in crisis need a moment to breathe and be still. Don’t feel that you have to say something to fill the silence. Offering a hand to hold or shoulder to rest on may be more powerful than words or actions.
Enter into conversation with a posture of humbleness. Ask questions. Learn the story. Don’t assume you know what’s going on. Pray for guidance and wisdom as you look for ways to help.
The effects of the crisis are still felt after the hype dies away. Check in with the person. Ask them if they want to talk about it. See what they still need. A quick text, phone or email lets them know they are not forgotten.
Take Care of Basics
When a crisis hits it can be difficult to know where to start. Remember everyone in crises needs the same basic things: food, shelter and to know they are loved and valued.
Help Who’s Around You
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed because you cannot help everyone. Look around you. Find one person who needs your help and focus your efforts there. Helping the person next to you can kickstart a larger effort.
Be Ready to Share
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15
Lastly, be ready to share the hope you have. In relationships we have the opportunity to discover others’ stories, share our own stories and represent Jesus’ story. Be blessed as you enter the pockets and places where Jesus has you with a posture of humble love and grace.