SCAs Global Compassion Response Network mobilizes the Body of Christ to bring transformation to cities and regions affected by disaster.
The GLOBAL COMPASSION RESPONSE NETWORK, an outreach of Somebody Cares America, gives life by ministering the love of Jesus in times of disaster. While meeting the need for physical preparedness before disaster and responding to areas affected by disaster, we ultimately seek to meet the core spiritual need for wholeness of Jesus Christ in each person’s life.
Ours is a work not just of meeting short-term needs, but of bringing the long-term transformative power of Jesus to the arena of crisis and disaster relief and preparedness.
The Global Compassion Response Network, while itself a relatively new name on the scene, is an outreach founded upon the rich history of Somebody Cares America (its parent organization) in disaster response and relief. Somebody Cares has long been active in compassion ministry and disaster response, from aiding individuals in personal crisis to rushing relief to survivors of large-scale tragedies. For decades we have been a tangible expression of God’s love to the hurting. Through our responses to numerous hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis in the USA and around the world, a ‘net that works’ has been developed to partner in relief, which we now call the Global Compassion Response Network (GCRN). In each case, our heart is to not only to mobilize quickly and effectively through partnering with others (we are known for our ability to be on the ground before others organizations, and this is product of our grassroots,relational approach), but also to stand with the locals in long-term recovery and transformation long after everyone else has moved on.
Global Compassion Response Network, an outreach of Somebody Cares America/International, prepares, connects, and mobilizes churches, ministries and organizations to play their unique role in preparation and response to disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
GCRN EXISTS TO:
- Prepare and train families, churches, and cities for emergencies and disaster response
- Direct the coordination of response to disasters among members to insure aid is appropriate, timely and effectively builds up the local Body in the affected area
- Extend a relational structure for autonomous organizations to work together through information sharing and collaborative initiatives
- Provide immediate relief to survivors through local partners for the most effective use of resources
- Empower local partners for long-term community recovery
- Facilitate community relationships
WHAT IS IT?
GCRN is a COALITION of organizations, churches, and individuals who are passionate about bringing tangible help and hope to those affected by crisis. Whenever possible, assistance is provided through the local Church, which knows the community better than an outside agency. The coalition is a “net that works” through relationships as well as sharing resources, skills, services and assets. Through this network, each member is enhanced, empowered and encouraged to do what God has called them to do in the midst of disaster.
WHY IS IT?
When disasters happen, real people have very desperate needs. Often, resources to meet the needs become tied up in bureaucracy and bottlenecks. However, we have experienced the synergy and effectiveness released in times of response when relationships and resources have been cultivated before a disaster occurs. GCRN is creating that foundation of relationship and synergy now through preparation, training, and coordination so that our response in times of crisis will be more effective, more cohesive, and more powerful in meeting the needs of the people and revealing the love and life of Jesus Christ.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
GCRN works through relationship. It has been said that we are the hidden thread knitting together needs, resources, leadership, and support when a disaster occurs. Instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars on administrative overhead, Somebody Cares and the Global Compassion Response Network funnel donated funds and urgently needed resources directly to communities that are hardest hit – to be distributed primarily through those on the ground who know and love their neighbors and neighborhoods. Being a tangible expression of God’s love means we must excel at unity, organization, and giving. GCRN is building the infrastructure to make this happen: a virtual Joseph storehouse, training modules, response coordination and consultation. Through relationship and preparation, we will be able to respond quickly and directly to communities affected by disaster – all across the country and around the world.
The following testimony really reflects the heart of the GCRN in disaster response. It isn’t just about meeting physical needs, but about ministering the love of Jesus in the midst of times of crisis.
Dear Brother Doug-
I want to share the story of a young man named Rodney. He is bright and wants to be a minister. He is attending a vocational school to learn job skills to support his pursuit of being a full time minister. He has a vibrant and outgoing personality and speaks great English.
As he was working with us in our CISM sessions we noticed some changes in emotions in him. The story he told to us was incredible. When the earthquake hit his sister was trapped in the ruins of the building she was in. When Rodney and other family members came looking for other relatives they found her alive but stuck in the debris; they were unable to get her out.
However for three days they talked to her and were able to get food and water to her. On the third day she succumbed to her injuries and she is still entombed in the ruins along with thousands of other bodies throughout Haiti.
Then we found out he was raised in an orphanage with no real parents though he visited family relatives and knew of them such as his sister. And here he was working with us in an orphanage.
He would come and spend time with me and we talked on deep spiritual issues. He was a Christian but he enjoyed being reassured and talking about Christ and he especially loved serving alongside us as we served his people.
One day I gave him two of Doug Stringer’s books- “Who’s Your Daddy Now?” and “Hope for a Fatherless Generation”. In reading the first few pages of each book his eyes filled with tears and as he clutched the books to his chest he said- “You do not know how much these books are speaking to me!”
We talked about the personal relationship we have with God our Father and that we are brothers in the family of God. He hugged me and after praying he departed thanking me again for the books and for being able to serve with us.
I hope to work with him again one day soon in Haiti where hundreds of thousands of orphans need to know there is hope for a fatherless generation.
Chaplain Edward Smith
VRM Deputy Executive Director,
a ministry partner of Somebody Cares.
Somebody Cares & the GCRN history of response:
Tornadoes Kentucky 2012
Floods New England 2011
Tsunami Japan 2011
Flooding ND & SD 2011
Hurricane Alex 2011
Texas Wildfires 2011
Earthquake Haiti 2010
Hurricane Ike 2008
Hurricanes Katrina & Rita 2005
Tsunami Indonesia 2004
One pastor expressed that our prayers alone were making all the difference! Imagine how much more serving people with the love of Jesus ministers to hearts!