Churches of God helping with disaster relief in wake of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane-relief efforts have started up in various Church of God ministries and congregations. Two The Journal was aware of at press time were projects undertaken by the Ohio-based United Church of God an International Association and a project of an East Texas congregation with ties to sister congregations in several states, the Church of God Big Sandy.
Hurricane Katrina, with 160-mile-an-hour winds, slammed the Gulf Coast early on the morning of Aug. 29, inflicting an almost direct hit on New Orleans, La.
Suffering devastation as well were Biloxi, Miss., and other population centers along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The disaster may prove to be the nation's biggest naturally caused calamity since 1900, when a hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, killing, according to some reports, 8,000 to 10,000 people on Galveston Island and the mainland.
The United Church of God has announced its Katrina Disaster Relief Project to help members of the UCG who were affected by the hurricane.
In a press release, the church said it is encouraging its members to take up fund-raising projects, "some or all of the proceeds of which they can dedicate to this disaster-relief project."
The church also requests members as much as they are able to contribute cash to the cause, because of the "damage and dislocation caused by this hurricane."
The greatest concerns, said the press release, are food, clothing, emergency shelter and transportation.
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