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CARING FOR THE VULNERABLE


The 4th Annual HDI Disaster Ministry Conference

June 7-10, 2016

Wheaton, IL

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CARING FOR THE VULNERABLE


The 4th Annual HDI Disaster Ministry Conference

June 7-10, 2016

Wheaton, IL

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Purpose


The purpose of the Disaster Ministry Conference is to equip church and lay leaders to serve amid disasters (e.g., natural disasters, refugee crises, mass shootings, acts of terrorism) domestically and internationally. The event features global leaders in disaster ministry, emergency management, humanitarian aid, public health, and mental health fields. Participants will gain new knowledge, skills, and networks for effectively leading their congregations in developing disaster ministries.

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Purpose


The purpose of the Disaster Ministry Conference is to equip church and lay leaders to serve amid disasters (e.g., natural disasters, refugee crises, mass shootings, acts of terrorism) domestically and internationally. The event features global leaders in disaster ministry, emergency management, humanitarian aid, public health, and mental health fields. Participants will gain new knowledge, skills, and networks for effectively leading their congregations in developing disaster ministries.

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This Year's Theme


Caring for the Vulnerable was chosen as our theme because the underserved suffer disproportionately from all types of disasters. Disasters are a biblical justice issue. The poor, fragile, very young and old, and people with the fewest resources and connections are at far greater risk. They also have a more difficult time preparing for and recovering from disasters. Those most vulnerable not only suffer more of the consequences of a disaster, they suffer for a longer time. Herein lies an opportunity for the church—an opportunity to care for the most vulnerable. 

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This Year's Theme


Caring for the Vulnerable was chosen as our theme because the underserved suffer disproportionately from all types of disasters. Disasters are a biblical justice issue. The poor, fragile, very young and old, and people with the fewest resources and connections are at far greater risk. They also have a more difficult time preparing for and recovering from disasters. Those most vulnerable not only suffer more of the consequences of a disaster, they suffer for a longer time. Herein lies an opportunity for the church—an opportunity to care for the most vulnerable. 

What People Are Saying

No one should ‘go it alone,’ and I am grateful that HDI recognizes that, and provides critical support, research, and collaborative functions for those engaged in this work—caring for those made vulnerable by disaster.
— Patrice Penney ’78, Executive Director, ICARA
I think that disaster response ministry is one of the most gratifying things a congregation can get involved in.
— Dr. Laurie Kraus ’78, Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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