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Christian Ministries Respond to Hurricane/Storm Disasters - Ongoing Reports

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Many, many of Christian Emergency Network's co-laborers in the gospel respond to crisis events with prayer-care-share actions.   By being "aware," "ready," and also "there" in any way possible (even by praying from afar)  at these critical times, these Christian  organizations and churches help carry the gospel message to those affected by life's storms, especially natural disasters.

This hurricane season, preceded by severe Midwest summer storms and flooding, and West Coast fires, is  bringing great catastrophies to many communitiee in the way of wind damage, flooding, power outages, evacuations, and more.

Will you pray for these responding ministries with us?   Pray for personnel, perseverence, funding, safety, and that God would use them to impact these communities for Christ.   The love of God, experienced by the power of God's Word,  prayer, assistance and follow-up by Christians is powerful.

Read brief remarks/updates from  these ministries who are "there" for others right now.   Register your church at Ready Church to be connected with an organization that can use your church help in responding to Ike.. Check back often to pray for and assist the ongoing list of these service-with-a-purpose efforts going forth in the name of Jesus Christ.   Many church denominations have disaster response efforts -- learn how yours respond.   We'll post ministries and denominations as they become available to us.


CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES -- list added to as info comes our way
Alpha Order

Billy Graham Rapid Response

Teams of trained chaplains  minister to victims and emergency workers,  meeting spiritual needs ranging from comfort, answers to spiritual questions, and  more,  often leading many to salvation.

From a September 13th press conference:  
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) will leave BGEA headquarters on Saturday and caravan to the hurricane zone with Samaritan’s Purse, the Boone, N.C.-based disaster relief organization also run by BGEA President and CEO Franklin Graham.

While Samaritan’s Purse meets the physical needs brought about by Hurricane Ike, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team will attend to the spiritual and emotional needs of victims.

This deployment to Texas occurs as both the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Samaritan’s Purse have workers and volunteers operating in multiple areas of Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav’s landfall on Labor Day.

Convoy of Hope

Providing semi-tuckloads of supplies, food, ice and water, and much more; has already donated more than $1 million of aid to the Gulf Coast after Gustav.

“It is key that we respond quickly, and respond effectively.” stated Convoy of Hope President, Hal Donaldson.   “Our relationships with FEMA and the state Emergency Operations Centers are important, but even more important are the victims...those people who need our help.   Our plan is to get into the community before the wind stops blowing, and be ready to provide assistance.”
In the hours and days immediately following a hurricane, victims are in desperate need of ice and water.   Convoy of Hope is providing just that, by the truckload.   Days before Ike came close to Texas, Convoy trucks were picking up trailer loads of ice and getting them positioned.   These trucks were placed in various locations where they would be safe, but be ready to move into Texas as soon after the storm as is  possible.

Feed the Hungry

Mobilizing semi's loaded with tons of ready-to-eat food items, bottled water and cleaning supplies arriving Tuesday, 9-16-08 in Texas to serve La Marque, Texas City, Bayou Vista, Hitchcock, Tiki Island and East Galveston - all in Texas. Distribution will occur with partner churches.

IBS-STL Global

Providing resources to address spiritual and emotional needs for shelters and other church-based locations; also available in Spanish

IBS-STL Outreach Director Sues Hyde reports, "These new disasters are more than some canhandle emotionally.   Counselcors in the Gulf are already overwhelmed by the number of people coming to them for help.   Shelter chaplains are distributing Enlish and Spanish crisis and disaster materials created for adults and children."

Operation Blessing

Providing a crane, skid steer, shower & construction trailers, a mobile kitchen, and other relief suplies.

"We are monitoring Ike's progress and will move our staff and equipment to a strategic safe-area once we have a better idea of where Ike will hit the coast," said Jody Herrington director of U.S. disaster relief. “This will enable us to launch our response within hours after the storm."

Samaritan's Purse

Providing Disaster Relief Units of work crews to help with clean-up projects, in a spirit of Christ-like compassion.   Still doing much Gustav recovery with hundreds of people in Louisiana also.

Each Disaster Relief Unit is a tractor-trailer fully stocked with emergency supplies. They are designed to equip staff and volunteers to removed felled trees from homes and yards, clear debris, patch roofs with heavy-duty plastic, make emergency repairs, and clean out thick mud and debris from flooded homes.

Somebody Cares America (SCA)

Providing  post-Ike relief centers  through several large local church staffs and sites, and coordinating many relief efforts through its SCA chapters and volunteer church groups.  

Doug Stringer, SCA Founder, says, "The consensus from all of our Gulf Coast affiliates is that all relief agencies - whether local, state, federal, or church-based  - are much more organized and are working together at a greater level of effectiveness than ever before.

"Often in times like this, organizations emerge for the moment, but this time we are seeing the body of Christ mobilizing because of the experience and relationships built in past situations - such as Katrina, Rita, the tsunami, others - because the Kingdom of God is built on relationship.

"Our prayer during this time - unless God answers our petitions for the storm to dissipate - is for the Church to beome an even greater asset to federal and lcoal agencies so that we can alleviate the added challenges they may need to go through.   Christians are a tangible expression of Christ in times of crisis.

The Salvation Army (TSA)

TSA continues to serve people food, hygiene kits, spiritual counsel, and more all across the hurricane-impacted states.

A special commentary post-Gustav from  the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, TSA division:

As the lights come up, The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of Greater Baton Rouge.  
In the Bible and throughout history, light symbolizes the good in any given situation.

In times of disaster, it is no different.   Light coming on is news.   It is one of the tools used to determine progress toward recovery.   Light is strived for.     Baton Rouge is marching into the light.
As The Salvation Army’s 25 canteens went into seven Parishes of Greater Baton Rouge, they too ‘saw the light’ in many of those communities.     “It’s good to see lights on, but there is still a need for you all out here,” said Frances while in the line at The Salvation Army canteen in Addis, Louisiana.

Of course, Frances is right, The Salvation Army has a long history of meeting needs in and around Baton Rouge…‘tomorrow’ will be no different.
 Today, in the light and heat of Greater Baton Rouge, The Salvation Army distributed 18,029 cold drinks, 9,402 snacks, and 22,453 hot meals.    
As a sense of normalcy comes back to Baton Rouge—work, school, returning friends & family, and, of course, light—The Salvation Army is doing the same.     Majors Stephen & Connie Long, the commanders here in Baton Rouge are moving toward the traditional role of The Salvation Army as a leading force of change in the lives of the less fortunate.

Water Missions International

This Christian engineering organization based in Charleston, SC, is providing sustainable access to safe water in disaster zones through water purification systems.

World Vision

Assisting dozens of  churches  in their recovery clean-up efforts, and sending in truckloads of water, bedding, hygiene items, children's and adults clothing,  toys, cleaning supplies, face mask filters, vinyl gloves, shovels and tools from its storehouses in Dallas and Los Angeles.  


CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS - those we have information from
Alpha Order

Evangelical Free Church of  America  (EFCA)

Several individual EFCA churches are providing response efforts, working directly with the affected EFCA churches in the hurricane/storm corridors, as well as in Gustav-affected zones.  

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries -- Disaster Response

Several Nazarene churches are coming alongside their fellow churches in the storm's path to help them.

"We are  a denominationally supported network of disaster volunteers. These volunteers are assisted by trained district, regional, and national leaders who cooperate with other national, state, and local agencies to respond to victims of natural and human-made disaster," states the Nazarene Disaster Response team.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Providing hundreds of disaster relief teams, feeding units,  and equipment.

“Our goal is for all units to be in place by Monday afternoon, and up and feeding by Tuesday,” Mickey Caison, a director  for a NAMB  disaster operations center said. Caison said traffic, tropical storm winds and rain will determine when and where the units arrive at disaster sites. Some Louisiana units are still “hunkering down” there where they have been serving in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, and will possibly move out to Texas once landfall takes place.

Because many Texas volunteers served in Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav over the last 10 days, Caison said Texas is asking for volunteers from other states to relieve fatigued Texas volunteers.


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