Believers respond swiftly to needs in Gulf

By September 18, 2008

USA (MNN) — Gulf Coast ports
continue their slow recovery from the fury of Hurricane Ike.

Officials in Texas say some homes
and businesses could be without power for more than a month in the wake of
Hurricane Ike. Many communities are
under curfew  to help curtail looting.

Debter with
Global Aid Network says, "Port Arthur, Texas is one of those that was swept by the
'dirty side' of the hurricane–that eastern blow of the winds and the
surge. We are working with partners
there to set up a point of distribution of emergency aid assistance."

Already, six truckloads of aid
have been delivered and distributed. A point of distribution is operational
in the Houston area. 

Current plans are to be able to
fund and position one truckload of ice, water, and food each day in these
locations. So far, 17 to 20 loads of emergency aid are expected to
be delivered and distributed among people struggling to restart life again
along the Texas coast.

Debter says they're working with
Convoy of Hope to establish aid distribution points. But their work with the
local church is where sharing the hope of Christ happens. "Through those churches, volunteers are
able to help and to make available things like food, water, ice–those
critically-needed items–and then really to just be listening ears and ones who
can speak encouragement and hope."

Pray that the Lord would
strengthen the Christians in Texas and that the Lord would minister to them and
through them in their communities. Click
here if you can help.


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