If this seems like déjà vu, it was only seven weeks ago that I posted something similar as I prepared to leave for Louisiana. It seems that disasters don’t submit themselves to our scheduling preferences…
Hope Force International has asked me to join their initial assessment team in preparation for sending response teams to the East Coast. Our initial connection is with a partner near Orlando, but we may move up the coast from there depending on the need and connections. As of this writing, the deadly storm is just moving away from Florida as it moves up the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas. So it’s still too soon to know where the worst damage will be and how bad it is. But this storm has left hundreds dead in Haiti and other Caribbean islands and has killed at least four in Florida so far. About one million Floridians are without power.
Tomorrow morning I’ll fly to Nashville where I’ll join Hope Force staff to haul our tool trailer to Florida. I’ll be on the ground there, doing whatever needs done until I fly home on October 20.
I welcome your partnership in this ministry. Here are a few things you can be praying for:
- That beyond the physical repairs, we would be effective at bringing the message of hope, encouragement, and love to the survivors of this devastation. Our work is more about people than it is about property.
- Hope Force will keep their response effort going as long as three things are true: 1) the need continues; 2) funding is available; and 3) manpower is available. The increased rate of disasters has drained the availability of Hope Force’s reservists in recent months.
- Wisdom and safety for all involved.
I was incredibly blessed by the outpouring of support for my Louisiana trip. Not everyone can be boots on the ground, but those of us who can couldn’t do it without the support of others who have the heart to pray and give towards this effort. The excess funds beyond my personal expenses go to Hope Force to help with the relief efforts. You can provide financial support for me and the relief work by check or online through my church at https://graceorange.churchcenteronline.com/giving/donations. Select “3100 Hope Force Int’l Disaster Response – AW” in the “To” box.
Thank you for enabling me to represent you to those in need!