Saturday, September 03, 2005

A Prayer For All Those Affected By Hurricane Katrina

Katrina's wrath continues to wreak havoc for all the displaced people of the region.

The stories and images have been gut wrenching to watch.

The devastation of Katrina is beyond any of our comprehension.

May God Bless those lives that have been affected and let those of us that are able to give,give generously to those in need.

Hurricane KATRINA a natural disaster we cannot overlook.

Most of us don't know first hand what it is like to have no electricity, no drinking water and no food.

Most of us don't know what it is like to see our homes severely damaged by the storm surge of a powerful hurricane.

There are thousands of families out there now in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who are hit by this tragedy.

This is without question the greatest natural disaster anyone has ever witnessed in America.

Please join me and thousands of other Americans and foreigners out there and contribute generously to any of the organizations below.

Please take the time and find it in your heart to DONATE NOW.

Here is a list of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.

Donate cash to:

American Red Cross 1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,1-800-257-7575 Spanish;

Operation Blessing 1-800-436-6348

America’s Second Harvest 1-800-344-8070



Donate Cash to and Volunteer with:

Adventist Community Services 1-800-381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA 703 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee 1-800-848-5818

Church World Service 1-800-297-1516

Convoy of Hope 417-823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response 800-638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service 717-859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response 888-256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 800-872-3283

Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief 1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief 1-800-554-8583

Again how You Can Help?

Give:
Your generous gift to UMCOR Advance #982523, Hurricanes 2005 Global, will help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. You can give online at www.methodistrelief.org, at your church, over the phone at 1-800-554-8583, or by mailing a check directly to: UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068. Checks should be written to UMCOR with the Advance number and name written on the memo line of your check. If you would prefer that your funds to go to recovery in a specific region, please note that on your donation.


Send:
Flood Buckets filled with cleaning supplies that people use to clean their homes after floods and hurricanes. For assembly and shipping instructions, call UMCOR Sager Brown at 1-800-814-8765 or visit the UMCOR website at umcor.org. You may also give a financial donation to to UMCOR's Material Resource Ministry, Advance #901440 to purchase cleaning supplies that the Depot staff and volunteers will use to assemble flood buckets.


Go:
Volunteers will be needed to help in Hurricane Katrina recovery. To find out how you can help with hurricane cleanup, write Mission Volunteers at voluntrs@gbgm-umc.org for contact information for your United Methodist Volunteers in Mission jurisdictional and conference coordinators. They will provide details on creating and training a team as well as scheduling details. For information on what disaster sites are currently scheduling volunteers, call the Volunteer Hotline at 800-918-3100.

Disaster officials also recommend the following Web sites (some sites may respond slowly due to increased traffic):

Donate & Volunteer
• Network for Good
• American Red Cross -- (800) HELP-NOW
• Feed the Children -- (800) 525-7575
• Salvation Army -- (800) SAL-ARMY
• Florida Hurricane Relief Fund
• America's Second Harvest -- (800) 771-2303
• Catholic Charities USA -- (800) 919-9338
• B'nai B'rith International -- (888) 388-4224
• United Jewish Communities
• Union for Reform Judaism
• Church World Service -- (800) 297-1516 ext 222
• MercyCorps -- (888) 256-1900
• Noah’s Wish -- (530) 622-9313
• North Shore Animal League -- (877) 4savepet
• Operation Blessing -- (800) 730-2537
• Episcopal Relief and Development -- (800) 334-7626
• Habitat for Humanity -- (800) HABITAT
• The United Way -- (800) 272-4630
• Humane Society of America -- (888) 259-5431
• ASPCA -- (866) 275-3923
• Lutheran Disaster Response -- (800) 638-3522
• Mennonite Disaster Service -- (800) 348-7468
• Water Missions International -- (843) 769-7395
• United Methodist Committee on Relief -- (800) 554-8583
• The Baton Rouge Area Foundation -- (877) 387-6126
• Society of St. Vincent de Paul
• Samaritan’s Purse -- (800) 665-2843
• Christian Reformed World Relief Committee -- (800) 55-CRWRC
• Food for the Hungry -- (877) 780-4261 ext 2506
• Northwest Medical Teams -- (800) 959-4325
• World Relief -- (800) 535-5433
• Adventist Development Relief Agency -- (800) 424-2372
• Southern Baptist Convention -- (888) 571-5895
• Save the Children -- (800) 728-3843
• International Medical Corps -- (800) 481-4462
• American Friends Service Committee -- (888) 588-2378
• AmeriCares -- (800) 486-4357
• International Aid -- (800) 251-2502
• International Medical Corps -- (800) 481-4462
• International Orthodox Christian Charities -- (877) 803 4622
• International Relief and Development, Inc. -- (703) 248-0161
• International Relief Teams -- (619) 284-7979
• International Rescue Committee -- (877) 733-8433
• Life for Relief and Development -- (800) 827-3543
• MAP International -- (866) 627-4483
• Mercy (M-USA) -- (800) 55-MERCY
• Operation USA -- (800) 678-7255
• Oxfam America -- (800) 77OXFAM
• Relief International -- (800) 573-3332
• World Concern -- (800) 755-5022 ext. 0
• Moveon.org: Hurricane housing

Get Help
• Department of Homeland Security
• FEMA
• American Red Cross -- (800) HELP-NOW
• Alabama Emergency Management Agency
• Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
• Official Web site of Louisiana
• Mississippi Homeland Security
• Florida Division of Emergency Management

Locate the Missing
• Hurricane Katrina Official Government Website
• National Next of Kin Registry
• Homeport: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery Assistance
• Hurricane Katrina Connection message board
• Alabama Hospital Association
• ICRC’s Family News Network

Find Local Information
• Louisiana: NOLA.com
• Alabama: WPMI.com
• Mississippi: WLOX ABC 13
• Alabama: AL.com
• Florida: PensecolaNewsJournal.com
• Mississippi: Sun Herald
• Mississippi: The Clarion-Ledger
• NOLA.com Blog
• NOLA.com Missing Persons Forum
• 2theadvocate.com Blog
• Hurricane Katrina Connection message board
• Alabama Power
• Mississippi: Mississippi Power
• Florida: Florida Power and Light
• Florida: Florida Public Utilities
• Louisiana/Mississippi: Entergy
• NOAA: Aerial images of Katrina damage

*Disclaimer: Please check with your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for more information regarding the tax deductibility of your donation.

The listing of or omission of an institution or organization on this Web site does not refer to programmatic capability nor does it confer any official status, approval, or endorsement of the institution or organization itself. This listing does not purport to be a listing of all organizations that are providing relief in the affected area. Additionally, there may be organizations providing relief in the affected area that are not accepting donations at this time. It is not the purpose of this Web site to make, or enable to be made, any representation to the public concerning the organizations listed. This listing is for informational purposes only. Any contributions you choose to make from links on this Web site are at your sole discretion.

I am also participating in the Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Weekend from Thursday September 1 to Monday, September 5. This is an entire weekend of blogging by thousands of bloggers on an international basis all focused on raising awareness of and funds for relief efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

To date, this effort has raised USD$702,175 in contributions so far with 1,648 blogs participating for over 220 recommended charities.

For more details, check out this site: http://www.truthlaidbear.com/index.php

If you are making a contribution after reading my blog , then please do log your contribution by going to this site : http://www.truthlaidbear.com/addcontribution.php

Besides direct contribution I would also encourage you to pray.

Prayers are obviously needed for the victims of the hurricane and their families. For those whose lives have been totally uprooted and to especially pray for those first responders who are acting to save lives in what are very tough conditions.

Even looking at the picture on TV it is hard to realize the devastation, even harder to put yourself in the place of those affected by the hurricane.

Please take a moment to stop and give thanks for the good in your own life especially
when you find yourself wanting to get in a hurry or complain about lifes daily challenges.

Sadly, many people are suffering so deeply and they can do nothing to change their current circumstance. Continued prayers for comfort, supplies and protection are greatly needed.

Here is a prayer I found on the Internet by Renée Miller:

A Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

O God, we remember when the disciples of Jesus were terrified after a long night on a turbulent sea. When they cried to you for help, you stilled the sea and brought them to safety.

We ask now that you comfort and still the hearts of those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

We pray for those who have been displaced and who now must return to homes destroyed or damaged by the storm.

We pray for those whose lives were lost and for those who now must grieve the loss of a loved one.

We pray for those who are attempting to offer help and relief to victims.

While we wonder why such devastation can occur, where lives and property can seem held so capriciously in the hand of what is uncontrollable, we know, O God, that you count every hair on our head and that our names are written on the palm of your hand.

Let your loving grace wash over those who must now face damaged lives, homes, and possessions.

Hold them close to yourself until they are sure of the security of your loving embrace.

Calm their hearts and still their souls, O Lord.

We ask this for the sake of your love and in Jesus's name.

AMEN.

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