I just talked to Flip about the situation at Butch's. I want to plead with everyone to help in any way they can. You cannot imagine the suffering in the aftermath of a hurricane. Two of the four hurricanes that hit Florida last year made landfall here. Things are still not normal. I still have people living in my house whose houses are not rebuilt ONE YEAR LATER. FEMA will do all they can but they cannot handle this job - it is too big for them - it is OUR job to help these brothers and sisters. On the news you will see the flooding and physical damage but the real suffering is with the people. The physical things - heat, food shortages, just not having clean dry clothes all take a toll. In addition there is the emotional effect of being away from home and knowing that home probably does not exist any more. They need spiritual help as well as material. Thank the Lord that Bro. Bill and Bro. Butch are there to minister to broken hearts as well. We cannot just wish our brothers and sister well - we must do something!
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15-17 NIV
Having been through this, I also know that relief efforts must be coordinated. It is the Church's job to do this. What is needed the most here is your funds. David and Flip will purchase supplies, in bulk, much more wisely than we could individually.
Also please know that this will not be a short term fix. (Remember - in my neighborhood, one year later, I still have tar paper, not shingles, on my roof and many have no home to live in.) The Church of Jesus Christ must stand with our brothers and sisters in need.
I plead with you to give and give sacrificially. Please go to your churches and friends and ask them to help. I also urge you to pray before you give to any group other than OSA.(We know OSA has integrity!) Last year FEMA tried hard. They were here with water and ice every day but they could not get places for the homeless until weeks after and then there were not enough for all. The Salvation Army was here every day with food. When we could get out we drove to where the Red Cross was set up in the next town. The building was air-conditioned and they took our pictures with the big wigs in suits. After the photo opps. we got a can of soda, sandwich and were sent home!
I have been through this - I know how much they are hurting. Please help
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