Churches in Louisiana where historic flooding has claimed 13 lives and left thousands homeless are now pleading for help as they try to recover from the deadly disaster.
“Within 36 hours, more than 27 inches of rain fell in Baker, just northeast of Baton Rouge, and directly into the Amite River. In less time, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were serving survivors with compassion in the face of crisis. They are right now delivering clean, safe water, warm nutritious meals and the love of Christ as they seek to advance the Gospel,” said an appeal on the website of the Southern Baptist Convention.
“You can help the survivors, and the disaster relief volunteers providing aid, today with a generous gift that will help bring healing and the hope of the Gospel. Please prayerfully consider how you can help now,” it urged.
Dino Rizzo, executive director of the Association of Related Churches, wrote in a statement on behalf of the organization’s president, Greg Surratt, that many churches ravaged by the flood need direct financial help.
“Currently, the greatest need is a financial one. Churches in the areas are in need of financial resources to begin the relief efforts and several are in need of direct financial help as they will not be able to hold normal weekend services this weekend and, perhaps, for several weekends to come. Additional needs in the coming days will include volunteer teams, construction crews, water and non-perishable food items,” he said.
“In times like this we are all called not just to have church, but to BE THE CHURCH. … This is one of those opportunities we have to work together to show the great people of Louisiana how much God loves them and the life changing power of the local church. Please pray for all those affected and get involved in any way possible in the relief effort,” he added.