With the deployment of DRUSA’s Mobile Feeding Kitchen moving into its third week, the number of individuals being served on a daily basis are beginning to shows signs of slowing down. An increasing number of residents are returning to their homes, electricity is being restored to a larger area, and clean-up measures are well underway. The meal count for Wednesday was 1,218 while the count for Thursday had greatly decreased to 590. Over the weekend, I will continue to track the number of meals being served each day to determine how much longer a need exists for the Kitchen to remain in Kingstree, South Carolina.
On Monday, October 26, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will visit Kingstree and other surrounding area that have been impacted by the flooding. Dr. Tiffany Cooks, Director for Williamsburg County Emergency Services, has asked that the kitchen remain at least through the weekend and be prepared to serve a large number of individuals at lunch on Monday. Emergency Services will be providing the necessary provisions to meet this request.
The North Carolina Cooking Team has been serving at the Kitchen since last weekend. They will be relieved on Saturday morning by the team from South Carolina. I applaud the leadership of Gordon Knox, NC Conference DRUSA Coordinator, and his team of volunteers for a job well done.
I am finally back in Oklahoma City and will be presenting a report to the Council of Bishops (COB) early this week regarding all aspects of the deployment. The COB meeting will take place in Norman, Oklahoma. Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham has graciously provided an opportunity for me to give an update on Disaster Relief USA during their meeting.
Once again, I want to emphasize how tremendous the response has been from across the International Pentecostal Holiness Church with prayer and financial support. The IPHC has had the opportunity to be a blessing to so many through the ministry of Disaster Relief USA. People are amazed when they see our operation for mass feeding in response to a disaster through volunteer staffing and financial support from conferences, churches and individuals.
I do not want to become redundant with my expressions of appreciation and thanks, but this deployment and the thousands of lives that were positively impacted was only possible because of God’s blessing and your support. Thank you so very much! As we wind down, your prayers and financial gifts are still needed. If you would like to make a contribution, you can do so online at Hurricane Victim Relief. Have a blessed weekend...
DRUSA National Coordinator