Pray for Kentucky!
We at IFA are praying for the residents of Kentucky as they struggle with tragic flooding and destruction. Below is a report we received from one of our Kentucky state leaders, Michelle Smith:
FYI…This is a written picture of what we are seeing in Eastern KY. From a good friend of mine, KY State Rep. Nancy Tate:
Ed and I had the opportunity to assist State Representative / Pastor Chris Fugate and his community yesterday in Hazard, KY at the Gospel Light Baptist Church.
What we saw in their community will be on my mind for a long time because the need is tremendous and will be there for a long time.
Debris that used to be someone’s home, hanging in trees 40 foot high. Vehicles on their side and upside down. Buses in creeks and smashed into buildings. Roads and bridges completely gone. People riding horses and mules to deliver food and medicine to others stranded without electricity or transportation. People in lines waiting for food and fresh water and bathing in creek water (that is possibly contaminated) just to get the mud off.
I spoke with State Representative Angie Hatton, in the parking lot of a gas station, as she told me of the great need in Letcher County. They lost at least four schools, their board of education building, the bus fleet, and the highway department equipment. As we know, five counties were hit hard.
The volunteers at Gospel Light showed us that the donations are being handed out as quickly as they were coming in. And they have 80+ people sleeping in their church nightly who have no home to return to.
Ninety percent of the churches and businesses do not have flood insurance and typically do not qualify for FEMA assistance other than Small Business Loans that they can’t possibly fathom seeking right now.
I tell this not for recognition but the good people of Eastern Kentucky need our help and to express appreciation for the generosity that has quickly poured out of Meade and Hardin Counties. Please keep our Eastern Kentucky neighbors in your thoughts and prayers and offer a healing hand if you can.
Thank you ❤️🙏🏻
TEXT FROM KY Prayer Shield Intercessor, Cammie Brown, working with Crisis Response International near Pikeville. She is giving us reports. From Cammie today:
“Very sad situation, but we can see some improvements. The mud that came in is so thick the muckers are having to work twice as hard as a normal flood. And about every little holler had a death from being swept away, it came so fast. I am with the team fixing meals and taking out.”
“Most churches don’t have flood insurance. A lot of trailers here and most not worth trying to gut out. Very sad, a lot of hopelessness. They are appreciative of all help and to think people have come from all over the US for them.
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