Don’t Leave Migrant Ministry to the Border

Q&A with Sami DiPasquale, head of an El Paso nonprofit, on what the surge of asylum seekers is like on the ground and how the church all over the country can help. Sami DiPasquale runs Abara, a ministry that works on both sides of the border in El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico. The ministry has served the surge of asylum seekers, a fraction of whom are now being bused and flown to New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Some migrants... Read More

From the Archives: When Disaster Strikes

Five articles about control and God’s providence amidst natural disasters. With a hurricane hitting the coast of Florida as well as the aftermath of a hurricane in Puerto Rico, a typhoon in Alaska, and a 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan, September has been a busy month of natural disasters around the world. It can be overwhelming to think about the inevitability of earthquakes and storms. There is possibly nothing more unsettling than natural disasters to remind us of our smallness compared to... Read More

How to help Florida victims of Hurricane Ian

The images showing the devastation left by Hurricane Ian this week are heartbreaking. Though South Florida experienced Ian-related flood and wind damage, we avoided a direct hit and now it’s time to help our neighbors in need. Advertisement Here’s a list of organizations that already have efforts underway. Please keep in mind that we’ll continue to update this roundup as information becomes available. For the next 30 days, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help with... Read More

Hurricane center is watching a tropical wave. What the forecast says about it

The National Hurricane Center is watching a tropical wave that is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern tropical Atlantic. “Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for … Click to Continue » ... Read More

Hurricane Ian leaves at least 11 dead in Florida as it heads toward Carolinas

Hurricane Ian left Florida behind late Thursday, growing from a downgraded tropical storm back to a hurricane on its way to the Carolinas. Across Florida, the monster storm caused catastrophic devastation, flooding and at least 11 deaths, with many more expected. President Joe Biden said Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history,” responsible for a “substantial loss of life.” Advertisement Preliminary reports of lives lost include six in Charlotte County; two in... Read More

‘No reason to come … there’s nothing here.’ Florida residents in shock at devastation left in Hurricane Ian’s wake

FORT MYERS — Eerie scenes of destruction punctuated by jarring lighthearted moments replayed themselves over and over along Florida’s Gulf coast on Thursday as residents who fled the wrath of Hurricane Ian returned to discover what’s left of their homes. Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., made landfall first near Coya Costa, an island off Fort Myers, and then finally on the mainland near Punta Gorda, on Wednesday. For hours, the near-Category 5... Read More