Flooding Louisiana (with God’s Love)

Tomorrow morning (8/20) I head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Hope Force International has asked me to deploy to help with flood relief work. So far, about 40,000 houses have been damaged and 86,000 people have applied for federal disaster aid.  Floodwaters are still rising in some areas. Damage is considered comparable to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Each symbol represents a property in the Baton Rouge area seeking assistance. Source: crisiscleanup.org
Each symbol represents a property in the Baton Rouge area seeking assistance. Source: crisiscleanup.org

As is typical in these situations, exactly what I’ll be doing depends on what needs done while I’m there. Last year in South Carolina, that included handling the team’s administrative work, talking to homeowners to assess whether or not we could help them, tearing out wet drywall and insulation, and managing a warehouse for a day.  Some of you may recall the story of the young man who came to faith in Christ as a result of the several days we spent working on his mother’s house. He couldn’t understand why we would do this when there was nothing in it for us. Just one example of the love of Christ opening the door to the truth of Christ.

I welcome your partnership in this ministry.  Please be praying for me, the Hope Force staff and volunteers, and especially the people we engage with.

There are two ways you can participate financially. You can help cover my costs, like airfare and two weeks’ car rental (about $1600 total because of the last minute booking and scarcity of flights and cars in the area). You can do this by check or online through my church at https://graceorange.churchcenteronline.com/giving/donations. Select “3100 Missions – Flood Relief AW” in the “To” box.

A NOTE FROM GRACE CHURCH OF ORANGE:   We appreciate your financial support of our short-term mission projects.  Please make your check payable to Grace Church of Orange and send it to 2201 E. Fairhaven Ave. Orange, CA 92869.  On the memo line of your check, please specify that your donation is for Missions-Flood Relief. Be aware that IRS regulations do not permit tax deductible donations for specific individuals, so indicating a person’s name may affect the deductibility of your donations.  (Please check with your tax advisor.)  If you would like for the person to know about your donation, you may include a note with your name on it.  If for any reason your donation is not needed for this project, (such as more funds received beyond what is needed), it will be applied to other missions efforts.  If you give $250 or more you will receive a statement of your donations in January of the following year.  Please contact the church office at 714-633-8867 if you have any questions.

You can also support Hope Force International’s efforts directly.  See Hope Force’s website at http://hopeforce.org.

I plan to return home on September 4.  Thank you for doing your part to help those in need!

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