Do major news events remind you to check in on your donors? Did any of them suffer tornado damage this past week? If you use TntMPD, you have a quick way to check up on them when disaster strikes. I’ve written about this in previous posts, which I’ll list in the notes. Today, I thought I’d show you in a video how to find out in just minutes if your donors are affected.
I found a map online that pinpoints the tornado sightings. I showed this in the left half of my computer screen. In the right half of the screen, in TntMPD, I clicked on Lookup, selecting “by field” and “Mailing State”, selecting Arkansas. Next, I clicked on “map” in the lower left corner. At the top of the map I selected “current group” to see all of the people we know in Arkansas. A map came up with three markers. Just southwest of hard-hit Little Rock, was a marker for one of our potential donors. If you use TntMPD this information is available to you without doing anything to “set it up.” I’ve used this feature in the past when disasters strike. The tornado tracked north of the city, so I knew this individual probably did not suffer major damage during the storm.
If your financial partner seems to be in an area of severe weather, they may not have power, phone coverage, and/or the time to respond on social media or to answer an email or a phone message. Depending on your relationship with them, try these, of course. Your only option may be to send a letter expressing your concern and prayers, and hopefully, this will reach them. Determine the best and most meaningful way to contact them.
Minister to Them
Mike and I went through three hurricanes in a six-week period in 2004 and have a bit of first-hand knowledge about recovering from severe damage (but nothing as devastating as having a home obliterated!) Because of that experience, I have a few blog posts from my other two blogs and EveryStudent.com articles you may feel free to share to encourage your friends and family. Obviously, you may want to do more than communicate with them.
If they did suffer damage or loss, don’t forget them. It takes months, and even years, to recover from disasters.
Take some time to minister to your financial and prayer partners today!
Recommended articles to share with your friends:
- “Disastrophe” (MikeandSus.org)
- When We Lost Most of Our Roof to a Storm (MikeandSus.org)
- Putting an End to the Tragedies (The Sovereign)
- Where Is God in the Midst of Tragedy? (EveryStudent.com)
- Where Do We Go from Here? (EveryStudent.com)
e4e Articles on Disasters: