Many of the projects that IDES and our partners begin following a crisis can take months to complete. At first, this may seem daunting. But by the grace and provision of God, and by the perseverance of our partners, lives are radically changed in the long-term. Hope is made possible -- it just takes time.
Such is the case with our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh following Cyclone Mora last summer. Not only did the cyclone destroy hundreds of poor, farming-families' and refugee families' homes, but also two serious circumstances frustrated the recovery process (click "read more" to find out what). However, IDES' partners did not give up.
In mid-February following a reconnaissance trip by two staff members, IDES published a series of videos and a special report titled #PuertoRicoSeLevanta, translated "Puerto Rico will rise," to raise awareness for families in Puerto Rico who are still recovering from the devastation of last fall's Hurricane Maria. As is many times the case, most news agencies have moved onto reporting other stories despite the fact that the recovery work is far from over. It was our goal to make sure that these families' stories would not be forgotten.
IDES has been monitoring the current flooding events throughout the Central and Midwestern states, as well as contacting local churches in several areas that have been affected.
"I lived here for 35 years. We've had a little flood here and there, but I have never seen a flood this big in our community," a local minister in Illinois said.
The flooding has been caused by not only melting snow, but also unusually large rain events that are causing rivers to crest well above their respective flood stages, submerging structures, homes, vehicles, and other property in surrounding towns.
On Monday, February 26th, our U.S. Disaster Response Coordinator visited with local churches in Niles, Michigan and Watseka, Illinois to discuss response efforts in their areas. IDES is responding by sending emergency funds to these local churches to provide basic necessities for the affected families in their surrounding communities.
Next week, he will be leading a team of volunteers in Watseka, Illinois in order to assist a local church in building 10 storage sheds for families whose homes have been damaged by the flood waters there.
IDES responds through local Christian Churches / Churches of Christ when crises arise in the U.S. and around the world. If your church needs help responding to significant flooding in your surrounding community, please contact us at 317-773-4111.
If you would like to make a donation towards recovery efforts for families who have been affected, please click the button below and designate your gift as "U.S. Disaster Response" at the bottom of the form.