urgent and important help for Gulf Coast region

Just walked through the door at home, greeted warmly by my lil’ family. Exhausted from my business trip up and back from New York, but nowheres near the tedium and agony being experienced by thousands in the Gulf Coast region. Heard briefly that the news is plain overwhelming, and government bureaucracy is very disppointing in their slowness to respond. Good to see grassroots efforts, non-profits, churches, and others mobilizing real and tangible help much more quickly. Speed is of the essence for things that are urgent and important (cf. priority planning grid technique). No time or energy bickering about bureaucracy and problems.

And after the many people get fed, clothed, healed, and the many cities get on the road to recovery, it’s gonna take years. No way to re-build a city in a few months when it’s taken years and decades to build a city like New Orleans.

And as physical needs slowly get met, spiritual needs will need to be met too. Several news stories have picked up on the cry for people needing Bibles. A few things are getting rolling on that front, like how American Bible Society is responding to the need for Bibles in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. [full disclosure: I’m an employee of the American Bible Society; and 100% of donations go to ministry, no administrative overhead]

Many thousands will live as refugees for some time, and they will have time on their hands. I know when I have time on my hands, my mind plays games with me, bad games. People do need home, encouragement, comfort, and spiritual and emotional help. Post traumatic syndrome, to be a bit more technical. Very sad to see things unfold.

update 1: I’m OK is helping connect Katrina survivors. And, yes, priority is for food and clean water – many ways to help with that, including: America?s Second Harvest, Operation Blessing, Catholic Charities, USA, Christian Disaster Response , Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Church World Service, Convoy of Hope, Feed the Children, Lutheran Disaster Response, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Salvation Army , Southern Baptist Convention — Disaster Relief, United Methodist Committee on Relief, World Vision. Red Cross not listed b/c of doubts raised – hat tip to Greg’s LJ.

update 2: free videos on demand from MSN — Stormchasers’ extreme hurricane footage (exclusive video from a Gulfport hotel washout, running time 4:56) + Video captures Katrina’s power + Storm chaser feels Katrina’s wrath (actual footage from Gulfport post office) + Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

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5 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    With all due respect, food, water, medicine and sanitation are the priorities in New Orleans right now. Bibles are all well and good, but people are STARVING and DYING at the moment. Perhaps the American Bible Society should help get food and water to those who need it, so they’ll live long enough to appreciate a Bible.

  2. yvonne says:

    Red Cross “doubts” goes even as far back as WWII. Jon’s grandfather was a WWII vet, and a lot of troops back then frowned upon them. They were promised aid, but never got it in the 4 years he was in France right after D-day.

  3. Andrew says:

    Yes, Brian, food, water, etc., are absolutely necessary. But the American Bible Society has a clear mission. the ABS is not a relief organization, but is not opposed to the relief effort. In fact, according to this statement on the ABS website, the ABS encourages people to donate to the relief effort. I’m sure DJ and other ABS staff members members are working with other organizations such as the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse and Red Cross, to help provide the critical aid. But that should not prevent this organization from doing its part.


  4. djchuang says:

    Thanks for your comment, agree that priority is for food, clean water,
    and livelihood. While I don’t think IBM or ABS or other kinds of
    corporations and non-profits can transform its business and operations
    into a relief agency, they can do what they can do. And individually,
    all ABS employees are pitching in what they can for relief efforts.