Last week we discussed how the habitations of God in Scripture, the tabernacles, had three compartments, and how we applied this to our Katrina relief efforts, breaking it down into three phases, which were:
Phase I: Rescue. The main goal in this phase is simply saving lives and getting people to safety.
Phase II: Stabilization. The main goal of this phase is to establish PODs for sustaining the people with the basic needs of food, medicine, shelter, clothing, etc.
Phase III: Restoration. The goal of this phase is to restore people's lives, including the infrastructure of the community, homes, businesses, etc.
All of these phases overlapped each other in some area. In some areas it was possible for all three phases to be occurring at the same time. In church, we probably would not title these phases the same way, but it can help to discern and manage the times by using a grid of three phases in almost everything. We will cover some of the practical aspects, but first let's go back to Katrina to address a very foundational and important aspect of this.
Last week we briefly discussed how the kind of person that seems to thrive in Phase I would languish in Phase II or III. The kind of person who would do well in Phase II would not do as well in Phase I and III, and the kind of person needed for Phase III will almost certainly get in the way of Phases I and II. If we do not discern the gifts and callings that people have, they will not be led well. Everyone who came down for the relief efforts sincerely wanted to help, but if they did not come at the right time and get involved in the right place or phase, they usually became a liability instead of helping. Many of our church members are low impact, high maintenance people because they are not in the right place, either the right church, or the right ministry within the church.
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