PLEASE READ THIS STORY.... As we were driving through that neighborhood earlier where we were handing out supplies - we were about to take off down the street in the truck looking for one of the guys on our team, and all of a sudden a car pulls up next to us driven by the lady in the yellow shirt whose name is Beth. She rolled down her window and asked us if we were helping people and we said yes. She asked if we could help her get her refrigerator out of her house and we said of course. As we made our way towards her house Beth told us that her husband Roy was in the hospital due to a major infection in his foot caused by the flood water and that he almost had to have his foot amputated. She has been trying to work on the house by herself while her husband was in the hospital. As we walked up to her front door there was a bad scent coming from inside, and as we walked in we could tell very quickly that there was a major gas leak in the house, and all the windows were closed. We searched for the source of the gas leak but couldn't find it so we shut the gas off outside, opened up all her windows and took her fridge out for her. I asked Beth if she had smelt the gas in the house and she said no. She had been in her house for 4 hours earlier working and was telling us how tired she was. I told her that that was a result of the gas in the house and we made her promise she wouldn't go back inside. Another one of our teams will come to her house to help with another area in the back that hasn't been gutted yet. This all came about because she asked us to help her with her refrigerator but I believe with all my heart that God had her pull up next to us right as we were about to drive away so that her life would be spared. If she had spent more time in the house alone, with everything closed up like that it would've killed her - but by the grace and mercy of God it didn't and now she can go back to spend time with her husband in the hospital. God is so amazing! We left thanking the Lord for intervening the way He did and connecting us with Beth. This is just one of many stories that could be told by those serving here of what God has done.
BATON ROUGE~Pastor John LaBelle, Calvary Chapel Westgrove, CA, comforts Evette Hardison, whose home was inundated with floodwaters. Those were actually tears of joy as CALVARY RELIEF committed to getting her Mom's house back to a good level so the entire family could move back together. CALVARY RELIEF brought a mobile kitchen down from New Jersey and a former gym is the staging area for visiting volunteer teams. photo by Tom Price~see the coverage in the upcoming issue of CALVARY CHAPEL MAGAZINE to help or to bring an outreach team, go to calvarybr.org #help #god #jesus #batonrouge #louisiana #calvarychapel #calvarychapelmagazine
The Red Cross is calling this the worst disaster to hit the US since Hurricane Sandy. Unofficial reports estimate as many as 150,000 homes damaged ! They also estimate that 75% to 80% of those affected do not have insurance to cover their losses. Many of the victims we have spoken to have lost everything. Calvary Christian Fellowship in Baton Rouge is taking the lead on this operation. We have a base of operations set up and are ready to receive teams and financial support. Although there has been little news coverage, I cannot begin to paint an accurate picture as to the scope of this disaster. Once again we have a huge opportunity as the Body of Christ to be His ambassadors and demonstrate his love to hundreds of thousands of hurting people. Please pray about how you might be used of God in this disaster.
Please Pray for Paul and Amy Hammontree (CC Baton Rouge) and their church body. Also please pray for Ed Chiarelli, Jordan Schulz, and Tim Wylie, who will be flying down this evening to help our on-ground staff assess. Also please pray for Gary La Blanc and his ministry, Mercy Chefs, who have been in Baton Rouge feeding the victims since the flooding hit and Tom Price (Calvary Chapel Magazine), who may be flying in this week to cover the disaster.
We seek God's wisdom, compassion, and understanding and ask that He would lead and guide us. We ask also that He would provide the resources and raise up those individuals that can respond and serve those in need. We believe our God is able to do anything and have seen Him do far beyond anything we could have imagined in the past. Please pray that He would do so again.
Floodwaters stand stagnant Wednesday in Sorrento, La. Reuters