After tornadoes and flash floods hit many parts of the south and central United States right after Christmas, Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse sent out groups to aid those in need.
The death toll from these natural disasters has reached at least 41 people. Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and other states experienced torrential rains, high winds, and deadly tornadoes beginning on Christmas Eve.
Alabama’s governor has declared some counties in a state of emergency in an effort to get help to them sooner.
Samaritan’s Purse is going forward quickly with their plans to aid victims of the extreme weather conditions. The organization sent out experts to assess the situation and is now sending out three disaster relief units. The units consist of tractor-trailers loaded with relief supplies. The units can also serve as mobile command centers.
"These storms have devastated hundreds of families in Texas and Mississippi," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been turned upside down this Christmas season. We are praying for the victims, and want to come alongside to help and share God's love with them in their time of need."
One disaster relief unit will go to Ashland Baptist Church in Ashland, Mississippi. Samaritan’s Purse is currently determining where the other two units will go.
Teams of workers accompanying the units will use equipment to remove heavy debris and will focus on bringing comfort and hope to victims.
In addition, Samaritan’s Purse has sent a team of chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to share Christ and provide spiritual and emotional care. The chaplains will serve alongside the disaster relief units.
Publication date: December 29, 2015