9-21 Update [Hurricane Laura]

UPDATE

Teams from Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) continue to help the people of Lake Charles, Louisiana pick up the pieces of what will be a long recovery journey after Hurricane Laura ripped through the area in August. DR leadership estimates teams will be there for at least 1-2 more months.  

ABSC DR teams in Louisiana have been partnering with Louisiana Disaster Relief and rotating teams through the area. A total of 230 volunteers from Arkansas have gone through the area and worked a total of 11,486 combined hours. 

Plans to send teams to Alabama and/or Florida in response to Hurricane Sally are being made. We’ll keep you updated with news from that front when we know more information. 

SERVE

This week the Mt. Zion shower/laundry unit is the only current Arkansas unit deployed. More units are expected to deploy later. So far we’ve been able to provide 1,459 showers and complete 523 loads of laundry. 

Other Disaster Relief teams from surrounding states have been helping and are in place as teams from Arkansas switch around and rest. So far we’ve served 194,440 meals. 

A couple of our chaplains and assessors also still remain on the ground. We’ve distributed 434 bibles and have seen 211 salvations so far! 

PRAY

Continue to pray for those who have sustained damage in Louisiana and Texas, as they continue to pick up the pieces of what is left and rebuild. 

Pray for leadership as they begin to plan to send and make assignments for teams in Alabama/Florida in response to Hurricane Sally. 

Be in prayer for those who have sustained damage in Florida/Alabama, specifically areas along the coast such as Orange Beach, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, as they also begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild. 

Pray for the safety and health of all the volunteers who have been activated, or will be activated, to go and help with cleanup efforts. 

Pray that specific needs that pop up unexpectedly get met.

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