Turning Minot Doom into Bloom?
As a continued feeling of dread sweeps over Minot, North Dakota today and thousands were evacuated right in front of a flooding reaching nine or more feet, Christians have an opportunity to bring Hope to the hopelessness. With one quarter of Minot already evacuated and the threat of more rain this weekend many in the area are reminded of the flooding of 1969 which was a national disaster. More evacuations are being ordered as bridges are closing and access roads are closing to evacuees. The New York Times reports many Minot residents never acquired flood insurance as for many years the control of the river gave them false assurance their properties were not in harm’s way. It was reported that only one in ten homes have flood insurance and the flooding is expected to be worse over the next several days as The Army Corps of Engineers releases more water from the dam north of Minot.
This is a time for the church to stand strong with those in crisis, for surrounding churches to become a CEN Ready Church, ready to respond to the needs of neighboring churches and the Christian community. It is a time to pray for the whole community of Minot to see the reality of Jesus in the midst of the crisis when 90% will ask “Where is God in this?” And, it is a time for Christians nationally to pray for the safety for the evacuees, the first responders who will be assisting with the immense flooding and survivors who face the loss of property.