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TREAT PEOPLE AS PEOPLE, NOT AS PROJECTS
There are scores of rebuilding projects, but a person is not a project! One of the best benchmarks for the way we treat other people is to treat them in the way we would like to be treated if we found ourselves in the same situation. We never believe calamity will fall upon us, but often it does. Ask yourself, how would you hope to be treated if a flood robbed you of your home? An Evacuation Centre can be a cold place for thousands of people or a place of safety and refuge, largely dependent upon the demeanour of the people who run the place. The cleanup process of your inundated, devastated family home can be the work of self-gratifying volunteers wanting to show they have done a good thing or the work of selfless, unknowns whom serve without recognition or reward. It must be the goal of every one of us, whatever role we may have in rebuilding lives and homes to treat people with dignity and great respect.
LISTEN WELL, SPEAK LESS
We have found that people want to tell their story, they want to get the words out and know there is someone listening, someone who cares. It's important to give people the courtesy of taking time to listen before rushing in with views, opinions, plans and strategies. There is a time for everything. It is illuminating to ask people what they need help with and not presume what we feel they need.
PARTNER, DON'T ISOLATE
This is a time for government agencies, organisations and churches to partner together to meet the challenge of the season rather than compete or work in isolation of one another. This week we helped run a Community BBQ in one of Brisbane's most devastated areas where we all joined together in the same place, ate the same snags, drank the same coffee and worked out together how best to meet the needs of the community depending on our particular strengths and capacities. This in itself gave families a sense of safety and hope. There is power in unity! At the same time, in another area of the city there were separate community BBQs and events run by various groups in isolation of one another – no demonstration of unity, no discussion.
TAKE TIME, DON'T RUSH
A harvest normally takes 12 months; a pregnancy 9 months. Timing is very important! It is essential to give time for decisions to be made by government and insurance companies on one level and professional tradespeople on the other, before families know where they stand. We can then be more effective in helping people in the right way.
FUND, DON'T FORGET
The eyes of the world do not stay on one place for very long but the needs of a devastated people last for a long time. Sometimes it is better to help one person or one place for the short, mid and long term than to shift to a series of short-term responses. If you can invest into the rebuilding of the lives and homes of a family in Brisbane, please give to:
Thank you for your prayers, interest and support for the people of Brisbane, Australia (the river city!)
For more information on Hillsong CityCare and how you can get involved please visit citycare.hillsong.com