In late August, parts of LA and MS had over 36 inches of rain over the course of three days. Now, months after catastrophic flooding devastated south Louisiana, killing 13 people and causing at least $8.7 billion in damages, FEMA reports more than 134,000 households have registered for aid. Louisiana Governor John Edwards called the widespread flooding a “truly historic event” and “a major disaster.” Thirty of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have been declared disaster areas.
“This is what it looks like to carry all of your personal belongings to the street and say goodbye. The bedroom set your grandmother gave you, the box of pictures of your children, your wedding dress, etc. These are hard days.” Arklie Hooten – Video Link
Don’t neglect the power of prayer on behalf of individuals, families, and communities during circumstances like these. We ask that in your personal life, as well as in your family, in your dig or LIFE Group that you pray with passion and urgency.
We as a faith family have an opportunity to respond. First, we encourage you to make a financial donation. Reputable ministries like Samaritan’s Purse and our own relief agency, MNA Disaster Relief are great places to give. You can also give to Wildwood Church (note that it is for Disaster Relief) and help our teams go and serve. Dollars on the ground are always the immediate need and go directly to those in need.
You can also give practically by putting together Flood Buckets. Please follow the instructions carefully and then bring the completed bucket(s) to the church.
Our Student Ministry had the opportunity to serve on five relief missions to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi post-Katrina. We also served on three missions to Tuscaloosa in response to the tornados. This storm in Baton Rouge has opened doors for us to share God’s love to those who are in need. While the physical work is important and provides an opportunity for us to get to minister to those who have lost so much, it is most important that we remember that our real work is spiritual in nature and will last much longer than the debris that we clear to the houses we muck out.
There is a great deal of work to be done. People at all skill levels are needed. In flood response work you will be doing what is called ‘mucking out’ work, which includes, but is not limited to, the following: • Tearing out sheetrock and insulation • Ripping up flooring • Removing debris • Moving furniture and appliances • General cleaning • Yard work • Light construction
We are looking for anyone to join us as we go and serve on Disaster Relief Baton Rouge, November 10-13. The team is limited in space and you must be at least 15 years old in order to serve. More information on the trip will be available after you register. Register Here