Thursday, August 25, 2016
In mid-August, parts of the US Gulf Coast experienced historic levels of flooding, with at least seven dead, and tens of thousands unable to return to their homes. As of Monday, August 15, more than 40,000 homes and businesses remained without power, and over 10,000 homes were flooded. The National Weather Service has predicted more flooding to come and an expansion to surrounding regions along the Gulf Coast.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Team has been in close contact with dioceses in the region and is providing support for their local efforts. The immediate response will help provide basic necessities to those most impacted. Affected dioceses will then coordinate with Episcopal Relief & Development to meet needs in the coming months and years. Currently, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, its churches and their ministries are reaching out to those in need of assistance, assessing what needs to be done and serving as best they can.
“In a disaster like this, we work closely with local church leaders to assess what is truly needed,” said Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “We have begun to provide resources needed to assist those most vulnerable.” Your support of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Fund helps us respond to disasters. You can contribute online at episcopalrelief.org/gulfcoastflood.
Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are healing a hurting world.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal