As Hurricane Matthew has caused about 12 deaths in the United States and nearly 900 in Haiti, evangelist Billy Graham was asked if natural disasters could sometimes be an instrument of God's judgment. Here's how the 97-year-old evangelist answers the often-asked question.
God can "certainly" use "natural disasters to speak to us "just as He can use other difficulties and tragedies to turn our hearts toward Him," says Graham, according to the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Disasters remind us of "the brevity of life," adds the evangelist. "We may be strong and successful, and assume life is always going to be that way — but when disaster strikes, we realize this isn't true." more >>
The powerful Hurricane Matthew reached South Carolina Saturday morning, targeting the city of Charleston with destructive winds to add to major storm surge and flooding from heavy rain.
Matthew, now a Category 1 storm, will continue to produce high winds and heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surge, the National Weather Service said, adding that a high risk of flash flooding was possible along the coast from northern Florida through South Carolina through Saturday.
This siege of impacts is expected to slowly march up the coast to southern North Carolina after hammering coastal Georgia and northeast Florida Friday, according to the Weather Channel, which also said Matthew's storm surge coupled with high tide resulted in a record tide level – just under 8 feet – at Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, early Saturday morning, and storm surge inundation roughly waist-deep was reported at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. more >>
Hurricane Matthew, currently moving along the East Coast of the southeastern United States, has killed nearly 900 people in Haiti and at least four in Florida, apart from causing flooding, evacuations and destruction of homes. Christians relief agencies, along with local churches, are responding to the humanitarian crisis by sending supplies to and planning rebuilding efforts in affected areas.
Samaritan's Purse, headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, has sent 20 metric tons of relief supplies for the people of Haiti in its DC-8 aircraft, which took off Thursday, and is now preparing to send more next week.
Reuters reported Friday that the number of deaths in Haiti had jumped to at least 877 as the storm smashed through that country's western peninsula Tuesday with 145 mph winds and torrential rain. more >>
The eyewall of Hurricane Matthew, which killed about 900 people and displaced tens of thousands in Haiti, is approaching Charleston, South Carolina with wind gusts early Saturday morning over 80 mph on the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. Four deaths were reported and more than a million people in Florida were without power after its arrival there.
The hurricane is likely to spread its impact, in addition to potentially serious rainfall flooding, throughout Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina through at least Saturday night, Weather Channel reported.
At 5 a.m. EDT, the storm's eye was about 20 miles south-southeast of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and moving northward at 12 mph with the storm packing 105 mph winds, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. more >>
Hurricane Matthew is moving north-northwestward as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane having winds of 155 miles per hour with Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path, but also posing a potential threat to Florida.
Matthew, which strengthened to a rare Category 5 late Friday evening before being downgraded to Category 4, was located around 345 miles south-southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as of early Sunday, according to Weather Channel.
The hurricane is expected to reach the eastern part of Jamaica Monday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. more >>
In the upcoming episode of "The Story of God," Morgan Freeman travels to New Orleans to speak to survivors of hurricane Katrina and learn how their Christian faith enabled them to overcome hardship and rebuild their community.
The National Geographic series follows Freeman as he travels to 20 cities in seven different countries in a quest to find answers to the mysteries of faith.
In episode 2 titled "Apocalypse," viewers get a glimpse of the Hollywood actor at Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans with two ministers who are also survivors of the 2005 hurricane that hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which led to water levees and flood walls breaking in New Orleans, flooding 80 peecent of the city. more >>