Exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall around noon on Aug. 29, 2021, as a Category 4 storm. Nearly 1 million power outages have been reported in Louisiana, and the damage is estimated to reach up to $95 billion. Over the past weeks, the Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) and Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC) Relief Team has been in southern Louisiana assisting and serving those affected by this hurricane.
Initially, we sent a small group from our Relief Team to New Orleans to assess the situation. We have very distinct ministry Partners located there, Jesse and Cathy Duplantis, who needed help removing downed trees on their church property. They were determined to have church that Sunday, so our trained team went and cleared the driveways and parking lots to make them accessible for all their congregants. And they had church—hallelujah!
Additionally, while on assignment, our team received an urgent call from a KCM Partner located in Hammond, La., who was in desperate need of help. The storm had left a lot of his town with no food, no water, no power and no support whatsoever. They had elderly people who were in critical condition, and although they had volunteers, they had no supplies.
Our team dropped off as much water as they could, and on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, with the help of our Partners, we were able to send a 26-foot box truck filled with food, water, generators and AC units to the town of Hammond—glory to God! We worked to supply the workers with food and water, and distributed generators to those in the most critical condition. On Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, our cleanup crew in New Orleans picked up the team in Hammond and returned to Kenneth Copeland Ministries.
We continue to work with other ministries and outreaches to send trucks loaded with supplies and food to distribute to those in need.
Our Relief Team departed again on Sunday, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 and Sept. 26. They will be working diligently to gut flooded homes to prepare for rebuilding. Please pray for our team, and all those on the ground, as they do this work and minister this week.
The KCM Relief Team is made possible by the financial support and prayers of our Partners. So, if you are a Partner with Kenneth Copeland Ministries or a member of Eagle Mountain International Church, thank you. Your support through prayer and giving affects lives spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially worldwide.
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