i've been in northern michigan on vacation and away from tv and radio for the past week, so i'm just getting caught up on the flood situation in iowa. naturally my mind went back to 1993. based on what i've seen this seems to be much more extensive, especially for cedar rapids. for those who have asked, all my family members in iowa are doing fine. several friends from college are now living in the cedar rapids area, and i don't know if/how the flooding has impacted them. (in one video i watched, i did notice that the apac building in cedar rapids, which is where i worked as a dj for kdat, and now also houses krna (another radio station i worked at) was flooded).
amy and i are actually scheduled to take the youth on a mission trip to cedar rapids in july, where we are going to work with the Matthew 25 Ministry Hub. a good friend, clint twedt-ball has been doing some amazing community based ministry there, but i found out today their office is currently under water. my hope is to still go, but my guess is the nature of our work will be significantly different than what we planned 6 months ago. i have some ideas brewing in this regard, but need more info before i say more, though i will offer a plug here - if you want to donate some money to an organization that will actually use it to help people, please go to the Matthew 25 web site and make a contribution.
i know prayers are needed, especially because many of the people most effected by this flooding are those who are the least financially able to handle such a disaster. may God be at work in us and through us, entering into the hearts and lives of those who are impacted by this latest disaster.