Hurricane victims receive more aid from Christian groups than FEMA

Victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters in the United States reportedly receive more aid from Christian organizations than from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because the religious groups have become well-versed in disaster coordination and relief in cooperation with government agencies.

(REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)President Trump speaks at a church relief center in Houston. September 2, 2017.

The Seventh-Day Adventists, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Convoy of Hope, Samaritan's Purse, and other faith-based organizations have already developed a trusted system of relief collection and distribution in tandem with government disaster response agencies. There are also times when FEMA asks these organizations to set up and man feeding stations using government resources when major disasters strike, USA Today detailed.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster CEO Greg Forrester said non-profits, which are mostly faith-based, account for 80 percent of recovery after disasters. He added that these organizations are able to raise billions of dollars worth of assistance using their religious connections.

Department of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships director Rev. Jamie Johnson, on the other hand, highlighted the teamwork of these faith-based non-profits with government agencies. He said FEMA would not be able to do its tasks properly without the help of the Christian relief groups.

"FEMA can not do what it does so well without the cooperation of faith-based non-profit organizaitons and churches," Rev. Johnson said. "It's a beautiful relationship between government and the private sector and it is something to behold."

Christian music stars also do their part to help in the relief efforts after disasters strike, just like what some of them did last month when Hurricane Harvey swept across Texas. Several artists, including Natalie Grant, Jeremy Camp, Danny Gokey, Mark Hall of Casting Crowns, and Matthew West, organized a benefit concert which they streamed live from Brentwood to raise relief money for Convoy of Hope, The Tennessean reported.

The Christian musicians aimed to raise $100,000 for the Hurricane Harvey victims through their online concert. However, Convoy of Hope said they managed to raise more than $200,000 in just a few hours. The money was used to provide supplies such as food and water to the people impacted by the storm.