March 19, 2019
With opening assurances from Psalm 46 and a quick survey of some of the other news of the day, Carmen settles into a conversation with Ken Gruber from Omaha Rapid Rescue.
Ken shares about the realities on the ground in Omaha, efforts to locate and rescue residents stranded by the fast rising waters, and the grief welling up all around as families watch their lives, livestock and livelihoods washed away. Ken explains the course of events including the bomb-cyclone snow storm followed by rain which melted the snow but could not soak into the permafrost winter soil. The run off quickly flooded creeks and rivers and spilled into the open farmland. Some communities are completely cut off by water in every direction.
Following rescues the real need will be for:
- clean water as all wells and city water systems are now contaminated
- boots on the ground to help with clean up
- shovels, scoops, squeegees, brooms, mops, buckets, bleach, disinfectant, rags
Ken acknowledged the desire of many to help and encouraged people to pray and do whatever they can to help.
Omaha Rapid Response emerged through the vision and cooperation of more than 50 churches in the area. God gave them a vision that they were come together as One and manifest the reality of the great commandment to love neighbors, no matter what. Ken’s testimony at the end of today’s broadcast is powerful.
References by Ken during the conversation:
- Titus 3:14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
- Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
- John 17
If you want to help here’s information from local media in the affected region:
A Disaster Relief Fund has been established at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding. 100% of the donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by the disasters. To donate or apply for aid from the Disaster Relief Fund, utilize the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal, or access other disaster assistance resources, visit www.nefb.org/disaster.
Volunteering: If you want to volunteer in a specific town to help with flood relief, you are asked to call that town’s city offices. Research and reach out to local churches in those affected towns. Good use of social media! Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are often better than websites which are not updated as often as social media accounts. Check out Christ Community Church Omaha on Facebook for updated information about what you can do to help.
Nebraska City:Donation stops have been setup at Tractor Supply Company and The Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is matching item-for-item donations purchased at the store. The Nebraska City Middle School Student Council is also accepting donations at the school.
Auburn:Auburn High School is accepting toiletries, food water and monetary donations to bring to North Bend, Neb.