Hope in the midst of misery

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hurricane Laura in Lake CharlesHurricane recovery efforts could be aggravatingly slow for storm victims along the Gulf Coast, as cleanup from Hurricane Laura wasn't even done when Hurricane Delta hit.

Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse recently told "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" that Delta added more misery to the misery. The humanitarian aid organization is currently set up in Lake Charles, DeRidder, Jennings, and DeQuincy, Louisiana.

Clay Steelman is in Lake Charles and tells OneNewsNow some of the homes damaged by Laura will have to be completely redone.


"In some of the communities, the creeks overran and have flooded several hundred homes now, so they have a lot more homes we're having to go in and do mud-outs than before," Steelman reports. "These are homes that previously didn't have much damage from Hurricane Laura but now have flood damage after Hurricane Delta."

Many of the residents are downhearted after getting hit by two storms so close together, so chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are visiting each home.

"These chaplains will sit down with the homeowners and allow them to just express their emotions, get out what their story is. And from there our chaplains can kind of use their training in grief and emotional and spiritual first-aid to kind of help them begin that rebuilding process," Steelman relays.

And that will certainly take some time.

"We … need financial help, but I think the most critical need is people, because we have too many requests for help," said Graham. "We need volunteers to help remove trees, put a tarp down, and just love on these homeowners, because they are devastated and they don't know what to do. They just don't see any hope unless we come in and help them."


Some people may want to help but feel as though they may not have much to offer in the way of skills or experience.

"If you can pick up sticks, you can do that," said Graham. "If you can help tear out drywall, or if you can swing a hammer, come on. We could use you."

"We could be here well into 2021, going into February, March 2021," Steelman predicts.

"We need men and women who would be willing to come a few days, a weekend, a week, just help clean off lots," said Graham.

Samaritan's Purse has everything organized so that when volunteers come in, they do not have to worry about where to go or where do we sleep?

"We take care of all of that," Graham asserts. "We just would love for them to be able to come and help."


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