Louisiana is experiencing epic flooding. Between August 8 and 14, meteorologist, Ryan Maue reports that about 6.9 trillion gallons of rain have fallen. I can’t even wrap my head around that number. To give you an idea of how much water that really is since we are in the middle of the Olympics, this is enough water to fill 10.4 million Olympic-size swimming pools. That is a lot of water. The likelihood of a flood this catastrophic in the Baton Rouge area is about once every 500 years. More than 40,000 homes have experienced flood damage. More than a dozen people have died as a result of flood waters and more than 20,000 people have been rescued and taken to safety with more than 8,000 staying in shelters. The Red Cross has said that this is the worst natural disaster to happen in the United States since SuperStorm Sandy.
Please pray for the people of Louisiana. The needs are great. CSI is hoping to raise $250,000 to help with relief efforts. Right now one of our board members, Mark Majors who lives in Louisiana and owns MedExpress, is working with local officials to see how CSI can best assist the relief effort. We have also sent our Mobile Disaster Response trailer to Baton Rouge to assist Full Gospel UPC.Donations of toilet paper, paper towels and bottled water are being accepted onsite at 6729 Mickens Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70811.
On the road to Louisiana
The church will be feeding first responders, volunteers and the community at large. CSI will be helping to purchase supplies to help with this effort as well as providing a medic to be on site. We have also sent funds that have already come in to the UPC Louisiana District who will be helping area churches with cleanup, repairs and more.
If you would like to help with our efforts you can donate online, or text any amount by texting, Louisiana to 636-205-0999. You can also mail check donations to our office located at: 3333-1 Rue Royale, St.Charles, MO 63301.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
As I sit at my desk eating lunch it doesn’t seem possible that there are millions of people around the world who are living with the stark reality of hunger. It is 2:10p.m. and I am on my 2nd meal of the day and have chicken defrosting for dinner tonight. This is the reality most of us live in. I live in a country that even advertises a Fourth Meal.
But in Zimbabwe a low-income, food deficit country the reality is much different. 72% of the population live on less than $1.25USD per day. Currently they are experiencing their worst drought in 35 years. Millions of people are living in crisis with many being children who suffer from acute malnutrition. This is also the 2nd consecutive year of below average maize production. The visible impact of the situation can easily be seen with the naked eye. Dead livestock and fields that should be full of harvested product sit empty.
Photo Credit: africa.widmi.com
Photo Credit: the zimbabwean.com
But there is also the invisible impact that we don’t see with our eyes but hopefully our hearts do. The children who are crying for food and the mothers and fathers who are not able to satisfy those cries. Millions of people are in desperate need. You have the opportunity to help 450 families for the next 3 months by raising $5,500.00 by August 15, 2016. Can you give up your 4th meal and donate? Maybe you can give $5,000.00 or maybe you can give $500.00. What about $25.00 or $1.00 a day for the month of August? Even a $10.00 donation will help so much in reaching this goal. Can we count on your support?
Check donations can be sent to: Compassion Services International, 3333-1 Rue Royale, St. Charles, MO 63301.
To see more about the crisis in Zimbabwe you can check out this VIDEO The first 2 minutes give a small glimpse into the reality that millions of people are faced with today. The need seems overwhelming doesn’t it? Millions of people in need. Will my small gift make a difference? As Mother Teresa said, If you can’t feed a hundred people then feed just one.
Thank you so much for your prayers for the people of Zimbabwe. If we all do our part then we can make a difference. We can share physical food for their starving bellies and share the bread of life with their hungry souls. Let’s do this!