How will we cope?

August 1, 2013

by Frank King, Communications Manager

Communications Manager Frank King reflects after interviewing many flood victims in southern Alberta.

During my time visiting with and interviewing flood survivors in High River, one thing struck me: so many of them were seniors, living in bungalows in a town they thought would be comfortable for their retirement years.

Some of these folks were in their 80s and required help from family members to deal with the flooding and host the crews of Samaritan’s Purse volunteers going in and out of their homes carrying equipment and damaged possessions.

“They should be relaxing, maybe playing a round of golf if they’re able to, or watching their grandchildren grow up,” I thought after one interview.

Instead, they were rescued from dangerous floodwaters via helicopter or boat or front-end loader. Then they faced the agony of seeing treasured photos and heirlooms destroyed by water and mud, then the nightmare of dealing with insurance companies.

It made me all the more grateful for people across Canada who have stepped up with prayers, financial donations and volunteer hours to ensure Samaritan’s Purse volunteers and chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association can help these victims when the future seemed hopeless.

What will happen to me and my wife if we’re in our 80s and our house is flooded? How will we cope? I hope and pray Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will be there then because I saw how these organizations were bringing physical, emotional and spiritual relief to people in desperate need.