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.
IDES is dispatching our DART Coordinator, Kit Gentis, and shipping a semi-trailer load of our storage shed kits. The kits will be assembled by area volunteers to benefit families affected by the flooding. Gateway Christian Church in St. Alban's, WV will be assisting with the sheds. IDES will also be distributing disaster kits and cleaning supplies with the assistance of Ronceverte Christian Church in Ronceverte, WV.
IDES storage sheds are given to and built for families who have suffered damage to their home. The sheds not only provide a safe and dry place to store any salvageable belongings, but also serve as an emblem of hope being the first step in the rebuilding process.
One last benefit that the sheds offer is the opportunity for local churches in the area of disaster to reach out into their own community with the love of Jesus Christ. Each shed is a tool for evangelism, filled with scripture and notes of encouragement written by IDES volunteers.
Despite the destruction and sadness that disasters like these cause, it is within the aftermath that many families most need to hear the good news of Jesus. By meeting physical needs for those affected, the door is opened to build a relationship with them and meet their spiritual needs.
Even though this flood is considered to be a "1000 year" record, it certainly will not take 1000 years to recover and rebuild, thanks to the generosity of supporters like you. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of our friends in West Virginia.
Please pray for the families affected, for Kit as he leads the building process, and for our volunteers who are assisting throughout the rest of this week and weekend . If you would like to support the response efforts, please follow this link:
Select "Specific Designation, See Comments Below" in the drop-down "Designation" box, then type "West Virginia Flood" in the "Comments" box.