"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
August 19, 2016
Dear LFF Friends,
The Louisiana Flood of 2016 has resulted in great disruption of Louisiana life. As I have watched these waters bring extreme difficulty, I have been reminded that God's light shines brightest in the midst of darkness. While overfilled rivers and bayous are retreating to their respective boundaries, churches, and faith-based relief groups are rising and rushing toward identified needs, resulting in tens of thousands of hot meals prepared and served, water and necessary items distributed, families settled into new quarters, and homes being gutted.
The resiliency of Louisiana's population is praiseworthy, and thousands of Louisianans have displayed energetic faith in God that has been a lifeline to so many hurting people today! Since late Sunday night when then rising waters attacked their home, my family has been privileged to host Pastor Galeon Albin and his family. It is an honor to serve alongside the rock solid pastors of this great state. Here are just a few of the faith-based organizations helping our state:
Louisiana's 2016 flood resulted from a '1,000-year' rain. LSU's Earth Scan Laboratory has compiled this video of 12 days of the storms. They track towering clouds that show brilliant colors signifying the most rain. The animation begins when the majority of rainfall fell over Louisiana. With over 30 inches of rain falling at some sites, Frank Revitte of the National Weather Service said, "The moisture content of the atmosphere was at record levels."
Likewise, the presence of God's hands and feet – the Church – in the earth was also at unprecedented levels – speaking words of life, giving the waters of life, and introducing hurting souls to the Giver of life! It is very encouraging to see what is being played out every day in the relief shelters in our state and I wish all of you could see it. The Church is engaged and moving forward.
LFF continues to move forward as well. We have been the "point man" for directing relief efforts and setting up conference calls with pastors and public officials in finding and filling areas of need for our state. If you would, please respond to this email and let LFF know how you and your family have fared through the storm and how we can be praying for you.
As part of the process to move forward and grow ever stronger, LFF's Legislative Awards Gala on September 15th will be an opportunity to thank our public officials who stood strong for life, family, and freedom. I invite you to join us for this special night to encourage our public servants and pray for our state.
I am praying for Louisiana and thinking of Psalm 34:7-9 - "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them. O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want."
We can rest in Him, knowing that He is our strength and shield.
In His Service,
Louisiana Family Forum
P.S. DON'T FORGET to reserve your Gala table today by clicking here or the image below. You don't want to miss our featured guest, Kellie Fiedorek.