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What's Happening in Louisiana?

7:00:00 AM

(Max Becherer / Associated Press)

For those of you who don't live in Louisiana, you may or may not have heard that we are underwater here. If you haven't heard about it, it's not your fault. It seems that the national media has chosen not to cover the story as much as Justin Beiber's instagram feud with Selena or the upcoming election. 

This past weekend my city and the surrounding cities have experienced unprecedented flooding. So far there have been 11 documented deaths and 40,000 families displaced. 40, 000. Let that sink in.
And these numbers are expected to rise, because the water is still coming. Sadly, I'm also confident that once the water begins to recede there will be more deaths discovered. 

I'm writing this to let you know that I'm still here, but I don't feel ok with putting out my regular content this week. The flood is ongoing and we are all trying to deal with the tragedy surrounding us. 
Please pray for those who have lost their homes. Are separated from loved ones. Have no work or church to show up to in the foreseeable future. Baton Rouge, Central, Denham Springs and all of it's neighbors will be trying to come back from this for a very, very long time. And we need prayer. And action. If you are interested in helping there are many wonderful avenues for doing so (Read on to find out how and see resource lists at the bottom of this post). 
Many people have created charitable t-shirt campaigns (I plan to buy this one myself). Many churches are taking  monetary donations to provide for shelters and clean up efforts as well. If you know someone who lives in the area, contact them and see if they need any specific help. Or if they know someone who does. Many people have created Amazon wishlists and that is a great way to get much needed items to them quickly.

The beauty of all of this has been the absolute love, generosity and bravery everyone has shown through it all. Men who lost their homes climbed into boats to go out and save strangers that were still stranded in theirs. People who were air lifted to shelters, separated from all of their loved ones, decided to pitch in and volunteer instead of just being an "evacuee". Shelters housing thousands of people filled up with donated supplies in less than 24 hours. God's provision has been so evident through it all. And we are all so grateful. 

Be sure to follow the links below for information and resources. And the blog will hopefully be back up and running next week. 

Thinking and praying for this precious state of mine. 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you

Isaiah 43:2

La Times : Louisiana warns that flooding may not be over: 'There's nothing comparable to this'

How you can help: Resource List

Adopt a Family Facebook Page (It's like a matchmaking service for out of town donors and individual families in need.)

Charitable Shirt Purchases: Here, Here and Here.

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  1. My heart is going out to you and everyone affected by this! I'm actually not too far away from all that rain. I'm counting our lucky stars that most of it missed us, but I know there are thousands of people who weren't so lucky. Stay safe!

  2. This is so absolutely heartbreaking. It makes me sick that this hasn't received more media coverage...it hasn't even flooded my Facebook feed. Sending positive thoughts to everyone affected by this. Stay safe!