Louisiana Churches Experience Flooding

Pastors and Church of God members are being hit with devastating flooding for the second time this year. Over 1,000 people have had to be rescued from their homes, including one of our Church of God pastors who had to be taken by boat after more than three feet of water rose in the parsonage. As of late Saturday, at least two people had lost their lives.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency because of the severe flooding across central and southern Louisiana and more rain came in on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicted at least six inches of additional rain will fall on the hardest hit areas before there is any relief.

The leadership of the Church of God is still gathering information on what damage has been sustained by Church of God churches and families. However, while water is still rising and damage assessment is not complete, we know that the following Louisiana churches have some flood damage:

• Life Church Central, Baton Rouge
• New Beginnings Church (parsonage), Baker
• Covington – Savannah Branch, Folsom
• Robert Church, Robert
• Bethel Worship Center, Amite
• Savannah Branch Church of God, Folsom

When it is safe for assessment teams to get into these areas, we will have additional updates.

The Church of God, working through Operation Compassion, is mobilizing disaster relief efforts and has begun sending assistance immediately when released by the authorities to enter the areas. However, Dr. Tim Hill, general overseer of the Church of God, is calling on the global church to pray for those impacted by this flooding.

“To be hit a second time by such devastation in such a short period is unimaginable. However, our friends and fellow believers in Louisiana need our prayers – and our help. We will be sending in our disaster response teams to help those impacted. But we need your help. Louisiana needs your help. Join with me today and not only pray for those impacted, but help fund the clean-up effort that is going to take weeks and maybe even months. Your help is vitally needed,” concluded Hill.

To contribute to the Church of God efforts to assist those impacted by this storm, join through one of the following ways:

• Give via SecureGive at: https://churchofgod.securegive.com
o Two Options
 Click “Give Without An Account”
 Establish an Account (Good for future Donations)
o Enter your donation into Disaster Relief

• Text to Give
o From your phones text message screen put the number 74483 where the phone number would go

o In the body of the text type FLOOD (space) and the amount you desire to donate (Example: Flood 100) to donate $100
• Mail a donation marked “Louisiana Flood Relief–2016” to Church of God International Offices, P.O. Box 2430, Cleveland, TN 37320. World Missions Credit can be given by using Project #765-0036-019

• Go to the Church of God website–www.churchofgod.org and click the Louisiana Flooding Disaster graphic

As of Monday morning, August 15, internet and other sources of ready communication were sparse or completely unavailable in many of the affected areas. Faith News will continue to bring updates as more information is received,

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