Monday, September 12, 2005

Franklin Graham Visits Gulf Coast

Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham took time to visit areas affected by Hurricane Katrina late last week. An article on the relief organization's Web site reports: . . .

Graham said that Samaritan's Purse is committed to helping the region rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteer crews equipped by our Disaster Response Units will be in the storm-ravaged area for months to come, making emergency repairs that help families stay in or return to their houses.

"I expect that Samaritan's Purse will be here for another year, maybe longer," he said. "We want to save as many of these homes that are still standing as we can. If you lose another home to a rainstorm, that's another family that might have to go to a shelter." . . .

"I want these people to know that God loves them and cares for them," he said. "I want to do everything I can to help them in His Name. In a storm we all need an anchor, and I believe that anchor is Jesus Christ." . . .

"When you finish a home, you've made a difference for one family," Graham said. "It's touching one life at a time. As we patch roofs and pick up the pieces, you see a little glimmer of hope."

Graham also prayed with and offered encouragement to crews of volunteers from North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Texas, California, and throughout the United States.

"We've got a great team of volunteers, wonderful people," he said. "It's a tremendous story of sacrifice. They've given their time and come down here at their expense. We couldn't do it without them."

As the Samaritan's Purse president pledged to remain in the storm-stricken area for the long haul, he also issued a call for more help.

"We need volunteers for a long time," he said. "If you can't come now, schedule a time to come in February, March, April. Take some vacation time and come help these people."

Graham announced Friday that Samaritan's Purse plans to purchase 100 trailers to house evacuees in Shreveport, Louisiana, where more than 20,000 displaced New Orleans residents are staying in temporary shelters. Local churches will assist in the placement of families.

To make a donation to assist Samaritan's Purse in its relief efforts, click here.


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