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.
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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!
Between 20-30 inches of rain fell upon our brothers and sisters across Southern Louisiana last week. Eleven people have been confirmed dead. It is estimated that over 60,000 homes have been damaged, and thousands of families are currently displaced.
IDES will begin response by sending our DART Coordinator to assist in the Crowley, LA community. Sent with him will be a load of our storage sheds to be distributed and built for families affected. The sheds will be distributed and built in partnership with Forest Park Church of Christ in Crowley, LA this weekend (Aug. 26, 27, 28). IDES will be seeking church partnership opportunities in additional communities for long-term recovery efforts as the waters recede.
UPDATE - 9/14/16
President Obama has officially declared West Virginia a disaster area.
Record-breaking rainfall drenched our brothers and sisters in West Virginia last weekend leading to the third-deadliest flood in the State's history. Around twenty-five people have been confirmed dead, and many homes have been damaged or destroyed. Infrastructure in some communities is in shambles, but disaster response work has begun.