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.
Drought has oppressed the Turkana people of Northwest Kenya for the past four years. It has left the oldest and youngest most vulnerable to malnutrition and death. The written reports we have received along with pictures of cracked earth and livestock carcasses have been heart wrenching.
Thanks to your generosity, IDES is working with several mission partners to provide life-saving food in the Turkana region (and other areas affected by famine). But the distribution of emergency food rations only relieves famine for a period of time.
With your help we can provide a longer-term solution to drought and famine in the Turkana region. IDES has partnered with trusted CMF missionaries on several projects. They have developed an alternative form of hunger relief by creating irrigated farms.
A well is dug and solar power is used to run the pumps, enabling villages to irrigate enough land to sustain life for at least 10 families. The food produced on the farms has brought down cases of malnutrition to nearly zero in these villages. Selling any excess crops provides much needed income for the farmers. Our mission partners estimate that the impact of each irrigated farm extends to as many as 200 people.
Due to the overwhelming success of the existing sites, our mission partners want to establish twenty more irrigated farms in 2018. The cost per farm is $15,000. They have submitted a formal proposal to IDES and we would like to finance at least ten farms. However, we cannot accomplish that goal without your help!
Your gift for this project will make an enormous difference for the Turkana people physically and spiritually. Our mission partners use this outreach to teach better farming methods, promote community health education (CHE), and most importantly, proclaim the Word of God.
Please prayerfully consider a gift that will bring this life-saving, and life-changing blessing to even more families and villages. You can make hope possible by selecting an amount and submitting your information at the following link:
As we continue our response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, we have already made contact last week with local churches throughout Florida prior to Hurricane Irma’s landfall. The storm has begun to dissipate, and we praise God for that. As the waters recede and the churches we contacted are able to return to their communities, damage assessments will soon be underway.
IDES is prepared to respond to the needs of the affected communities in the name of Jesus. Please pray for both the families who are recovering in Texas, and for the families in Florida who are now in need. Stay tuned here on our profile, or on our website for the most up-to-date information on our response efforts.
You can make hope possible. If you would like to donate to assist hurricane victims in Florida or Texas, please click the button below and choose "Hurricane" as your designation at the bottom of the form. Or, you can send a check to IDES, PO Box 379, Noblesville, IN 46061.
Nearly 500 people have been killed as bodies continue to be recovered from the mud, with nearly 600 people reported missing (Al Jazeera News). CNN estimates that over 20,000 people are now displaced from their homes.
With very little warning, families felt the ground and floor begin to crumble beneath them as entire shanty-villages were engulfed by the rush of mud, water, and debris.
This tragedy is still unfolding as you read, with mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and siblings still finding out which family members have been lost in the disaster. You can make hope possible for families affected by donating at the following link: Make Hope Possible. Please be sure to select "Disaster Response" as your designation at the bottom of the form.
Since the news cycle is not reporting on this, you might not know:
As you are reading this post, there are families in Africa who do not know where they may find their next meal. Grandparents, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters are all currently experiencing the pangs of hunger due to ongoing drought and in some areas, violent conflict. Cattle have died, water has dried up, and crops have failed. Outside assistance is absolutely necessary in these countries, and lives are literally at stake.
In order to provide emergency food, we need you. You can make hope possible for these families right now by donating online here, and choosing "Africa Famine Relief 2017" as your designation.
Drought, hunger and outright famine are once again threatening precious lives on the continent of Africa.
IDES is blessed to have faithful mission partners diligently meeting needs in Jesus’ name in several North and East African nations. One nation where needs are great and His servants are hard at work is Kenya.
IDES is currently responding to the flooding in Southeastern Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma. Rivers are at historic flood-stages, interstate highways are shutdown, and homes have been severely damaged throughout the two states. It is still raining and the waters are still rising.
We are sending funds to partners in the area as damage is being assessed. Once the water recedes, IDES will be assisting in repairs to homes, and replacing home-appliance items. You can make hope possible for these families by generously donating at the button below. Your willingness to help will make a tremendous impact for those who have been affected by these storms. Be sure to select "U.S. Disaster Response" on the online form, or write it on the memo line of your check.
To donate online click here:
To donate by mail, please mail all cash or check gifts to:
PO Box 379
Noblesville, IN 46061
Instead of our normally scheduled Devotional Blog post this week, we are humbly asking you to join us in prayer.
IDES was recently blessed with the approval to ship a container of around 260,000 servings of our nutritious GAP Meals to refugee and internally-displaced families who are suffering in Afghanistan. Last week, the shipment was put on delay due to concerns over the ongoing violence near the recipients' location.
UPDATE - 12/6/16
Our DART Coordinator sent in these photos and videos while surveying the damage in Gatlinburg. These fires have absolutely devastated the community.
IDES is working with Smokey Mountain Christian Church to help families who have sustained damage to or completely lost their homes. The clean-up process is currently underway in the communities, and the recovery will be long-term, taking several months. Our primary method of assistance will be financial until the areas are safe enough to begin physical assistance. We will continue to assist throughout the entire recovery process.
The best way that you can personally help the victims of this wildfire is by making a generous donation towards their recovery. We will partner with Smokey Mountain Christian Church to replace the household items and necessities that were destroyed for the affected families.
Please consider giving a gift in order to show these families that there is still hope, and it comes in Jesus' name - click the button below!