"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." - Romans 8:35,37
According to CNN, nearly 280 people have been killed due to the disastrous flooding in Chennai, India. "In early December, 397 millimeters (nearly 16 inches) of rain fell during a two-day period in Chennai. In November, 1,196 millimeters (47 inches) of rain fell, according to CNN Weather, more than three times the average monthly rainfall of 353 mm (14 inches)," CNN reports.
Although most electrical power has been restored to the area, and infrastructure is beginning to open back up, media coverage of the storm was not fully encompassing in regards to the dire need for response efforts. The destruction from this heavy rainfall has left thousands of families without a place to stay, without clean water and food, and without much hope.
Now is the time for the body of followers of Jesus Christ to respond, and IDES is currently receiving requests from our partners in India who are reaching out to those affected. Catastrophic and tragic events such as this are prime opportunities for the Church to bring physical help and spiritual hope to those who are suffering from the effects.
We need you.
You can be a part of the response effort by partnering with IDES today.
Here are three examples of how you can help:
1. Pray for our partnering missions in India who are reaching out.
2. Donate to IDES Disaster Response fund here.
3. Share this article with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
Singh, Harmeet. "Chennai Floods: Relief Effort Underway." CNN. Cable News Network, 6 Dec. 2015. Web. 13 Dec. 2015. <http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/06/asia/chennai-india-floods/>.