Disaster Relief Contribution
Ky needs our help again. At the end of last month, we wrapped up our tornado relief efforts in Mayfield, KY, now Buckhorn, KY has had major flooding and needs food support.
We are sending food into this region and need your donations to help continue the efforts.
A few words from Elam Gingerich (from Campbellsville, KY area), who has been helping to manage the Kentucky flood response from a big picture overall flow perspective.
I came to the flood area a couple days after the flood and helped scout the area and start setting up a base to operate out of. The devastation was mind-boggling and we
immediately realized that there is a huge need that someone will need to fill. Orpha and I came back 5 days ago and have helped coordinate the ongoing work of cleanup and keeping the base operating and flowing, meeting the needs for the volunteers with meals, beds etc. There was and continues to be a big need for meals to feed volunteers and locals that are without means of cooking or being able to get out. We usually give out between 400 - 700 meals a day and people are so grateful for a hotdog or burger.
We get comments like, this is the best hotdog I've ever had, etc. The small village of Buckhorn, Ky. Is a very close-knit community where everyone knows everyone, and for the last 75 years or more, a bell has been rung each evening to call people to prayer. I was in a meeting with a local that has assisted us greatly with the right connections and resources etc. and saw the emotions roll over her face as the bell was rung as it hadn't been rung since the flood. I've walked with these people for the last 5 days and heard their stories and helped them make decisions on how to move forward with their
lives. Their hearts are raw and real, their stories are painful to listen to, they are common folk and they need our encouragement and help as they piece their lives back together. It's a time for them that a God bless you stops them and a thank you is returned. I've been privileged to walk with them and the people that volunteer their time here because they care. I've been privileged to walk with volunteers as their emotions welled over trying to cope with these people's reality, yet they keep giving of themselves. Tonight we expect to leave to go back home to our own
lives, and I find myself struggling, I wasn't sure I could possibly spare the time away from home, and now I'm not sure that my things even matter. Even tho there are lots of people coming here to help it's not enough; we need people that are willing to sacrifice some of their own time to help change these people's lives. By far, the greatest need I see is people, here, on the ground, giving their time. The work is dirty and not always fun, but I get to leave and go home; this is their home. People are living in houses that have been flooded, and you walk in, and they're sitting on couches that were in the water with mud all across the floors because there's nowhere else to go. Their situations are dire as many people didn't have insurance etc. I met this couple
that lost their single wide trailer that's so old they don't even have a title for it, I've been told FEMA won't be able to assist them because they can't prove ownership. Progress is being made, but it's slow, but I'm believing God Wants to do a work in all of us as we together walk this out. Elam Gingerich