Air Mobile Team heading back to the Gulf Coast on Sunday 9-18-05
Hurricane Ophelia (now Tropical Storm) soaked North Carolina and is now meandering to the Northeast and with a bluster, grazing New England dropping a lot of rain, but no catastrophic events are forecast. THANK GOD Ophelia's on her way out of town!! Meanwhile, we're monitoring a couple of significant disturbances in the south eastern Atlantic. The season's far from over!!
Over the last few days, since returning from the Gulf Coast, we've gotten many phone calls from Pastors and leaders who have been working very closely with victims of Katrina. The story that we've gotten over and over again is how people are rising to this occasion. We were heartened by President Bush's speech last night in Jackson Square. I know that Square very well. Together, we will "Run to the Roar" and rebuild not only New Orleans, but the Gulf Coast and hundreds of thousands of lives that have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This is right and good thing to do!
As we look at what has happened since Katrina struck, one message stands out so clearly. BE PREPARED!! As the Air Mobile Team walked the absolute devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we all praised God that so many people heeded the warnings and evacuated. There were huge strips of land that NO ONE would have survived. The tidal wave was 29 feet in places and driven by 140+ MPH winds. The absolute, destructive force of Katrina was very similar to the Tsunami we witnessed first hand in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia (300,000 perished!!). From the Air Mobile position, we must get Vortex Voyages into the hands of First Responders BEFORE the disaster strikes!
Well, just who is a First Responder? A First Responder is the FIRST one to RESPOND! It is not only the professionals. It could be a parent, or a child, neighbor or a Good Samaritan. When a disaster strikes, we must get to those in need quickly. That is the beauty and strength of the Vortex Voyager TM! Without question, one of our first needs after a disaster is water. The Vortex Voyager TM does not solve all problems, but it does solve a MAJOR ONE! The Vortex Voyager TM sets up in 60 SECONDS and is pumping very clean water from very dirty water at maximum flow rate of 30 gallons per hour. We must get as many Vortex Voyagers TM into as many hands as possible in these vulnerable areas.
The reason I am leading an Air Mobile Team back to the Gulf Coast is to follow up on Vortex Voyagers TM already deployed and to continually work on getting this message of PRO-ACTIVE PRE-PLANNING into responsible hands. We will be assisting Dr. Clark in the clinic in the Biloxi area. We will also be doing extensive research on the post-disaster situation. We know that we will be deploying more Vortex Voyagers TM. That is why we are bringing an additinal 6 Vortex Voyagers TM with us. We also hope to develop an excellent training video on this trip. We, at Air Mobile consider ourselves so blessed to have been entrusted with this incredible LIFE-SAVING tool.
We also Praise God for you!! You are helping us to get out to the front lines and bring hope and life to those in desperate need. In the absolute simplicity of the Gospel, we believe that this is "What Jesus would do". THANK YOU for standing and praying with us on this vital mission.
Of the 24 Vortex Voyagers TM already and delivered to the Gulf Coast and these 6 units that we are bringing on Sunday (Sept. 18th), only 10 Vortex Voyagers TM have been funded. We are going by faith that all units will be funded. Please pray about participating in this with your generous gift!
We'll be doing final loading tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 17th. After Barbara Walker arrives from Haiti, our old 1992 Fleetwood Bounder motorhome will be heading west to the Gulf Coast with Cindy and me, along with 2 Hurston children, Angelica (16) and Peter (8). God Bless!