Churches have always been one of the first organizations to ever respond during disaster relief operations. No matter the religion, churches work hand in hand with disaster relief mission organizations in helping out flood relief operations, rescue work, and even in the restoration phase.
In fact, during flooding, churches have become one of the default temporary shelters for affected families. NBC San Diego has published an earlier news report on how a Baptist Church in Louisiana became a home to flooding victims.
“As waters rose amid torrential rains earlier this month, National Guard rescue crews dropped people off at South Walker Baptist Church because it sits on a ridge of relatively high ground in Livingston Parish near Baton Rouge. Even as flooding has receded in recent days, the church — like many other places across hard-hit south Louisiana — has continued providing sustenance for the body and soul. It sheltered 96 people in the days after the storm.”
Read the continuation of the report here.
Even flooded churches continue to help
In Houston, even flooded churches help flooding victims. NBC News filed a news report on this in their official website. Apart from relief efforts, the church provided for haircuts and other service needs of those affected in the community.
“Although his church was flooded with nearly 2-feet of water, his team has been been distributing items and resources from the M.O. Campbell Center, a multi-purpose facility in north Houston that has been designated as a shelter. People have not only been able to get necessities such as food and clothing, but also grooming care such as hair cuts. They have also been receiving items and donations through their outreach initiative ‘The Fulfillment Project.’”
Check out the rest of the report here.
Church and flood recovery operations
Also in Houston, a Baptist church meanwhile helped out in all the phases of disaster response operations, including the recovery period. Church volunteers went to flood-damaged homes and offered their help to the families as they cleaned and tried to restore their houses.
The official website of the People of the United Methodist featured this effort in one of their web posts.
“More than two weeks after the record rains that accompanied Hurricane Harvey in its tropical storm phase, United Methodists in Houston are still busy with basic relief work, including handing out cleaning supplies, mucking out houses and providing day care for children whose public schools aren’t yet ready to reopen. Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones did a live Facebook video on Sept. 12, saying how proud he was of the United Methodist response. He also encouraged relief workers to pace themselves.”
Read the whole feature write-up here.
Churches have always played a huge role in disaster relief operations. Apart from providing relief assistance and temporary shelter, their members also become instant volunteers to help out those in need.