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Responding To Natural Disasters.

Responding To Natural Disasters.

Praying Pelican Missions is not a disaster response organization, we are a mission that is driven by relationships.

Mike Rhoades | Nov 2, 2020

In 2002 a pastor from Belize sat on a basketball court talking with a friend from the United States. They were dreaming about short-term missions. If it was built for the local church, could it actually create a lasting impact in the community? Could the ministry flow from deep meaningful relationships with mutual commitment? By the summer of 2003, a missions organization was born and Praying Pelican Mission began leading their first partner-based trips to Belize.

Over the years, relationships have remained at the core of how PPM does ministry and personal relationships have become the conduit for growth. Our partner pastors are often the bridge that connects our organization to new communities and partner churches. These relationships are the ministry and we are committed to fostering and developing these relationships. We believe in their calling and prioritize the heart of those we serve alongside in ministry.

In 2010, it was the power of those relationships that compelled our organization to send teams to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake. It’s hard to explain the heaviness of tragedy on that magnitude. The people you know and love lost everything in an instant. Our response as an organization and the response of our teams was that of friends coming to the aid of those they love. It was personal. It was never a question of "if" but rather "how quickly” could we respond. To this day, remnants of the earthquake are still visible in Haiti and the impact it left on our organization continues to this day.

In 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria. The full force of the category 5 hurricane unleashed massive flooding and widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. 80% of the island was stranded without power or phone service. It took nearly 11 months for power to be fully restored. In the weeks and months following Hurricane Maria, over 2500 people responded with PPM to support the recovery efforts and again, the response was personal. Our friends, our partners in ministry, were hurting and our organization could not sit on the sidelines as the ones we loved suffered so greatly. 

Praying Pelican Missions is not a disaster response organization, we are a mission that is driven by relationships. When those we know and love are hurting we must respond. Through the years, PPM has been fortunate to develop a network of well over 3,000 (and growing!) Churches from across the world. When a natural disaster hits, our mind immediately goes to those people we partner with. Our desire is to stand with them during the good times and the bad; to walk in relationship and in unity with them. This doesn’t mean that PPM will send teams to serve every time a natural disaster hits, but it does mean we will respond because, for us, it’s always about the relationships. 

If you would like to learn more about where PPM is responding to natural disasters and how you can get involved visit ppm.org.


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