From a Christian camp director in Louisiana – affiliated with the work of Operation Renewed Hope – who is housing evacuees from the areas most directly hit by Rita’s fury this morning:
I thought I would give you all an update while we still have power. We currently have around 250 evacuees housed at the camp. Our staff is doing a great job taking care of them and feeding them. The people have been very patient and understanding in the midst of a difficult situation. We are still a couple of hours away from the strongest part of Rita hitting us but we are not expecting too much damage. Most of the folks with us are from the hardest hit areas in South Louisiana and Texas. Many of them will be going home to nothing. We are already starting to hear rumors of terrible destruction, but I have been encouraging the folks to understand that they are simply rumors unless it comes from a first hand report. I have our van and trailer stocked and ready to go with food, water, and equipment and will head south as soon as I know our people and property are out of danger. I hope to be in the area of devastation by Monday at the latest. We have several churches in the area that we will be helping. Please pray for God’s wisdom and protection for His people during this time. We just lost one leg of our power so I am going to send this now.
Todd Sasek, Director
Southland Christian Camp
Psalm 107:8, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Please keep these people in your prayers and praise God that the storm wasn’t worse, as had been predicted.