The best way to help the flood victims in the immediate future is to:
Photo by Max Becherer, Associated Press
Members of the Louisiana Army National Guard rescue people from rising floodwater near Walker, La., after heavy rains inundated the region, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
PRAY | Please pray for all those who have been affected by this flooding, especially those who have lost loved ones and those who have lost their homes. Please also pray for the safety of first responders and early responders in their effort to bring some relief to those who are suffering.
DONATE FUNDS | The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has already begun responding to this disaster. Your gifts will help their continued work in Louisiana. To support relief in Louisiana, you can give to Disaster Response, United States (Advance #901670). You can give by clicking here.
RESPOND | If you are trained and certified in the Rio Texas Early Response Team (ERT) program, and are interested in going to Louisiana, contact Eugene Hileman by email or call at (210) 557-8698.
Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jackie King
Recent flooding in Denham Springs, Louisiana, at one point nearly covered a sign for the First United Methodist Church there. The home in the background belongs to a member of that church.
Our Rio Texas Conference warehouse is currently filled with flood buckets set to go to Louisiana - they are not requesting more at this time. If the situation changes, an update will be found here, through the "Unidos" publication, the Rio Texas website and social media.