Disasters and Christian education

Thus far, I’ve articulated the purposes of NAPARC, which are:

The final purpose for its formation is to assist one another in times of disaster relief (pretty pertinent to the recent storm) and in Christian education [Constitution, Art. III.4].

Imagine you worshipped in a Reformed church in Saskatchewan and there were no Reformed churches near you.  After hearing about a natural disaster like the tsunami in Japan, you could be confused about where you could send aid if your denomination did not have a presence there.  But having an official relationship with NAPARC churches would inform you that the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which has a presence in Japan, is a trustworthy place to send your money – they hold a common faith and confession.

Similarly, what if you were part of a small church and became convinced that your community did not have an appropriate means of educating your children?  Well, your unity with other NAPARC congregations would go a long way in finding like-minded people  (assuming there were other congregations nearby) to partner in starting a Christian school or homeschooling coop.  Similarly, NAPARC congregations frequently hold conferences together, giving Christians an opportunity to form new friendships and to learn about those from different Reformed backgrounds.

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