After the Storm: A Time of Assessment and Response

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac are working their way north, leaving behind flooding and significant damage along the Gulf Coast.

Week of Compassion, in partnership with its ecumenical and denominational partners, is currently working to assess the best ways we can respond.  As the waters recede, we will have a better sense of how we will be able to do so.

Our partners in ministry in the Great River Region are keeping in touch with congregations in affected areas, helping us to gather the most up-to-date information we can.  We have been in touch with First Christian Church, Slidell, LA, as that community has received significant media coverage; thus far, no reports of loss or damage are emerging from the congregation itself.  Nonetheless, there will be needs in the wider community of Slidell.  Through our longstanding partnerships, we will be able to contribute when that time comes. 

Likewise, our partners at Church World Service are collecting information, assessing damage and capacities for responding, and will provide direction for an ecumenical response early next week.  Early reports indicate property damage in Mississippi and Louisiana, and some in Florida.  Congregations are invited to help provide clean-up kits and to reach out through Week of Compassion’s Disaster Response Fund.

Through this, we give thanks for your generosity, care, and the concern you have expressed for those affected by Isaac.  Above all, we give thanks to the God who calms the storms that wreak havoc, brings light to the darkness, and calls us to bring comfort amidst chaos.

A Pastoral Note from the Republic of Congo:

Nous suivons avec angoisse et peine à travers les médias,les désastres causés par le cyclonne Isaac. Nous sommes avec vous en prière. J'ai démandé à tous nos P.S P. de faire des chaines de prière pour le peuple americaine en général et en particulier aux victimes du cyclones. Que Jésus Christ nous vienne en aide.

REV G NGOKA

TRANSLATION:

We have followed the news with sadness and grief of the disaster caused by Hurricane Issac. We are with you in prayer. I have asked all our regional ministers to start a prayer chain for the American people in general and in particular for the victims of the hurricane/tropical storm.  May Jesus Christ be our help.

Rev. Georges Ngoka
President and Legal Representative
Church of Disciples of Christ
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo