OGHS Grants for Midwest Floods
To help American Baptist regions and churches in efforts to assist survivors of recent floods in the Plains and Midwest, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has released $25,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) disaster-relief grants, on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA.
Grants were distributed as follows:
- $10,000 to American Baptist Churches (ABC) of Nebraska;
- $5,000 to Mid-American Baptist Churches (Iowa and Minnesota);
- $5,000 to ABC of Wisconsin; and
- $5,000 to ABC of the Dakotas.
Flooding caused destruction of homes among many members of First Baptist Church, Hamburg, Iowa, according to the Rev. Jacquline Saxon, executive minister of Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota. "Some are losing their entire homes," she says. The downtown food pantry with which the church partners was also flooded.
While First Baptist Church, Red Oak, Iowa, was spared, Saxon says, the congregation requires support to aid survivors in surrounding communities.
"The church was not affected directly," Saxon says. "But because their church supplies food to Southeast Iowans, they are going to see an increase in need and could use help with supplying food."
--- How you can help ---
Please pray and consider donating to relief efforts in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.
Guidelines for Giving: HERE.