Silver Linings

June 25, 2013

by John Clayton, Director of Projects

Christians and communities in southern Alberta rise to the call for help and join the massive relief effort taking shape in Calgary and the surrounding region

Though floodwaters devastated homeowners across southern Alberta late last week, Saturday unfolded with a more encouraging scene. About 150 pastors and church leaders gathered in Calgary, Okotoks, and Black Diamond to learn how to best respond to the critical call for help. And already, they are mobilizing congregations to join the massive relief effort that is taking shape.

While our team was in Black Diamond to host a training session about disaster response, we witnessed the widespread flood damage firsthand. It was unbelievable. I felt like I had stepped onto a Hollywood set:  excavators, garbage trucks, industrial vacuum trucks, and scores of electrical generators were hard at work.

One pastor that I met showed me his home, which was much like my own less than a week ago. It sustained severe water damage, and already the majority of materials that were destroyed have been torn out. The basement sustained most of the damage, and his two daughters—so similar to my own daughters in age—will have to wait weeks before they can move back in to their bedroom.

Yet even in the midst of the devastation, I was encouraged.

A large scale community response was already underway, and it was beautiful to see everyone clean up together. And, praise God, the Church was there too, up to Her knees in the muck and responding like a Good Samaritan to the immense need.

Disasters often strike across the globe, but not as often in your own backyard—or your neighbors’, or co-workers’, or family members’, or friends’. Your volunteer hours, financial support, and prayers are like a miracle to devastated homeowners—and we’re calling Good Samaritans like you to join us.

To financially support flood victims, call 1.866.628.6565 or DONATE HERE.