In a fallen world, disasters happen — and for two millennia, Christians have been at the forefront of relief efforts, helping to ease suffering and provide care in Jesus's name.

Regrettably, disaster-relief fundraising efforts are inevitably infiltrated by scammers seeking their own enrichment. So as you give, be sure to give wisely as well as generously.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability's "Servant Match" system has a helpful list of ECFA members involved in Hurricane Harvey relief. Also, Charity Navigator's hurricane-relief list includes Christian ministries, as well as other organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Houston Food Bank.

Writing at USAToday.com, Ed Stetzer of Wheaton College's Humanitarian Disaster Institute notes that providing disaster relief is one of the most visible ways for Christians to put their faith into action.

The Good Samaritan [in Luke 10] didn't pause to question whether or not [a man who had been robbed and beaten] was worth his time. He didn't ask himself whether he had anything to gain or whether or not he would be reimbursed from his investment. Instead he did what Christians witnessing any natural disaster should do: give and give with a generous heart....

They see generous giving as a way to express their faith and live out Jesus' command to love God and neighbor above self.

Whether you give via a ministry organization or offer direct assistance to people affected by a disaster, you are serving as a conduit for the grace and provision of God — the One who is "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).