Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is mobilized and already delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Ida. The initial assessment of the damage is staggering. The needs of those impacted is changing daily because of lack of access to power, refrigeration, water, and housing. This will be a long-term commitment to the people impacted by this catastrophic destruction.
PDA will continue to work with Presbyterian leadership to respond to Hurricane Ida and remain engaged in the recovery efforts during the hurricane season of 2021, during which several named storms are expected to impact the region. After initial needs are addressed, PDA will remain - providing emotional and spiritual care and Long-Term Recovery to address unmet needs.
The needs for the response will be great. God's people are called on to stand in the "GAP" - Give. Act. Pray.
On behalf of our congregation the RB Community Missions Committee contributes to Presbyterian Disaster Relief. If you would like to contribute financial support directly to Presbyterian Disaster Relief checks can be mailed to: Presbyterian Church (USA), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
We encourage you to pray the following prayer:
God of Compassion,
With sighs too deep for human words, we come to you again in prayer, lifting up the sorrow, the trouble and the weariness of so many peoples. For those whose homes and communities are torn and flooded by the winds of Hurricane Ida, for those who abide in darkness and in oppressive heat, trying to begin the work of rebuilding, especially for those whose resources and access to help are tenuous, hear our prayer.
Oh, God of all things: There is so much, May your Spirit expand our vision, sustain our attention, and deepen our compassion and commitment: For neighbors in Haiti, grieving loss, working to mend bodies and lives, moving rubble, hoping for help, weary and weighed down. For neighbors fleeing fires in western states, violence and fear in Afghanistan, for people everywhere who suffer loss of home, community, livelihood and hope. Help us to be part of your healing, your Wholeness, your hope. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen