A Report From Baton Rouge
This morning, a friend of mine forwarded to me this e-mail from a friend of his who pastors a church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: . . .
The Baton Rouge area was relatively undamaged from Katrina. Now the real work begins - we have hundreds of thousands of refugees in homes and shelters in this area alone (we're the closest city to New Orleans). We have a minister and his wife staying with us, and they will be there for several months. The Church is coming together to meet all the needs, and as you can imagine, people are being extremely generous with their homes, time, and money.
Frankly, our biggest problem that is developing is that we have imported a crime wave. Many of the criminal element from New Orleans have simply relocated here, and are cruising the streets armed and dangerous. Add to this the desperation many people feel from their loss, and the place is a bit of a powder keg.
We would certainly appreciate your prayers, and I'll let you know if anything else is needed.
Thanks so much for your concern.
Please continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Katrina and for those trying to help, especially for their safety. And please consider making a donation to support relief efforts. See my post from yesterday for ways you can help. Thank you.