Christian Emergency Network
The Christian Emergency Network (CEN) was formed after Sept 11, 2001 to equip and mobilize the local body of Christ to respond biblically in emergencies of all kinds. For over two decades CEN learned how responding to any crisis is all about personally following Jesus having strong resilient Christian experts guiding you.
CEN is not a disaster organization, in the traditional sense. Rather, it is a unique network of godly seasoned leadership experts who come alongside the body of Christ to respond spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically before, during and after any crisis whether man-made or natural.
Time, gifts and talents are best spent when 90% of those in any crisis will ask:
"Where is God in this?" CEN experts help Christians to answer this question by increasing awareness, readiness and responsiveness for the Hope of Christ to shine forth in the midst of tragedy! I Peter 3:15
Based upon lessons learned experts use CEN ReadyChristian, ReadyChurch, ReadyCity and ReadySchool training to prepare the body of Christ to respond in unity and resourcefulness to draw others to Jesus in the midst of tragedy.
CEN is thankful to the following Christian experts who first embraced the vision and and continue to share their expertise: CDR Radio Network, Family Life Radio Network, ASSIST News Service, The Table Coalition (Mission America Coalition), The Salvation Army, Gospel Rescue Mission, National Day of Prayer, Cru (Campus Crusade), Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team, Luis Palau Association, Zondervan Publishing, and NeedHim.org.
Christian Emergency Network experts have been appointed and honored to serve: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Faith based Advisory Committee; The Federal Bureau of Investigation Faith based Roundtable; Office of Intelligence and Analysis; Ready.gov; Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Resilience; and numerous State and local law enforcement and emergency management Fusion Centers.
The Widow's Mite Foundation
The Christian Emergency Network (CEN) is a ministry under the umbrella of the Widows Mite Foundation, a distinguished non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. As a ministry, CEN operates with the support and guidance of the foundation's board of directors, which shares a deep commitment to serving others and making a positive impact in times of crisis. The Widow's Mite Foundation provides a solid organizational structure, financial stewardship, and legal compliance, allowing CEN to focus on its core mission of preparedness, response, and restoration. Together, CEN and the Widow's Mite Foundation work hand in hand, leveraging their resources and expertise to bring hope, healing, and practical assistance to communities affected by emergencies and disasters. Through this partnership, CEN is able to effectively fulfill its calling as a beacon of faith, compassion, and support for those in need.
"The Power of Little: When God's Presence Multiplies"
The story of the widow who gave only a mite is a well-known biblical account found in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4. In this story, Jesus is sitting near the treasury in the temple, observing people as they make their offerings. Many rich individuals come and give large sums of money, impressing those around them.
Amidst the crowd, a poor widow approaches and drops in two small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Jesus takes notice of her humble offering and calls his disciples to him, saying that the widow has given more than all the others. Although her contribution seems insignificant compared to the extravagant gifts of the wealthy, Jesus explains that the widow has given all she had, while the others gave out of their abundance.
The story serves as a lesson in sacrificial giving and highlights the value of sincerity and heartfelt generosity. It teaches that one's giving should not be judged by the quantity of their gift, but rather by the depth of their sacrifice and the purity of their intentions. The widow's act of giving her meager possessions represents her faith and trust in God, demonstrating that even the smallest offering given with a sincere heart holds great significance in the eyes of the divine.