Sonya Bender wrote:
My name is Sonya Bender and I head up the Missions team at a church in Batavia New York, called City Church. I received a copy of your email through Mike Warren thru Ron Domina's church Bethel in Rochester stating what you were doing to help in Mississippi . All of that background info just to ask you if you are in need of more food and supplies for reinforcement. We have about 800 people at church and MANY brothers and sisters that are offering food, diapers, baby formula, bedding, pillows, blankets etc- all new and a truck to bring it down in. If we can help support your efforts in anyway please let me know. We would like to be a collection point here and sent it to you or anyone else that could use it. If there are others ways that we can help- just let us know. Our Pastor has asked me to contact anyone that needs our help and offer what is needed. We fully agree. So if we can help you can email me back or call [phone no.] We are also offering homes if anyone is in need as well. May God continue to strengthen, guide and bless all that you are all doing...
We are praying for you!
Sept 2, 2005
"For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat..." (Matt: 25:35-36)
God bless you. Please thank the people of City Church for their kind and generous response to this emergency. As you probably already know, Hurricane Katrina has been deemed one of the largest natural disasters in our nation's history. The disaster area includes 90,000 sq. miles and is larger than the state of Idaho (85,000 sq. miles).
The good news is that when OSA director Flip Benham arrived at The High Place Camp, he found the situation there was better than he had believed it to be. There are fewer people than he thought. Bro. Butch Berget who owns The High Place, is using the camp as a launching area for people bringing in supplies. From the camp, trucks with supplies may drive down Hwy 49 to dispersal points.
I received this report from Flip's assistant Kristene O'Dell:
I spoke with Flip around 12:00pm CST. He said he had just got back to the campsite after assessing the situation in the surrounding area. He said the need is great. All those bringing supplies will be greatly appreciated. He is headed back out with more food and water and going a little south. They will use the campsite as their base and just take trucks and begin distributing. Keep them in your prayers.
Sonya, all the things you mentioned, food, diapers, baby formula, bedding, pillows, and blankets- are needed items for the relief effort; also personal care sets packaged in Ziploc bags. A set would include one full size of the following items:
Other aid supplies would include:
Sept. 3, 2005
I will forward your message to Marilyn Carroll who is heading up OSA's Shepherd Family Ministry project to pair hurricane survivors at The High Place with Christian families. A temporary home - what a blessing to survivors!
See Bro. Butch's report below.
Again, thank you. Don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
This message just came in last night from Bro. Butch Berget
Subject: Update from Richard "Butch" Berget
Grace and peace to you in Jesus' Name!
It is Friday night. Sorry for the info blackout. I'm just now getting time to sit down and email you.
We have 8 or nine generators going here at The High Place, keeping food cool, and providing fans and minimal lighting for our 200+ emergency crew workers and 50 or so evacuees from the coast.
Supplies are now beginning to come in. We are going to be a staging area for relief crews to assemble here and take supplies toward the disaster areas .
I plan to build a tent city for workers and evacuees. Funds are greatly needed and will be ethically used.
For those wishing to help, consider collecting funds and forwarding them to us via an established ministry you trust.
We will be accountable to you for them.
We also need supplies such as generators, bedding, cots, sleeping bags, ice chests, vitamins, Gatorade type drinks, bottled and gallon waters.
Crews are needed for distribution and building.
Bring RV's if you can.
Although I am in Northern Ireland, you can be sure of our prayers and thoughts at this time. I can highly recommend my good friend Richard Berget. He has a large retreat center in Mississippi and would be a valuable conduit for your support to areas where it is needed most. Read the following message and get in touch with him if you can provide help. His email is: email@example.com His web site is www.thehighplace.net