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Fleeing Rita!

[[Urgent update / prayer requests from our contacts in Lafayette, Louisiana]]

We would appreciate your prayers for the team of workers that is currently based in Lafayette, Louisiana. The residents of southwest Louisiana are being evacuated (again, for some), fleeing from Hurricane Rita. Some of the evacuations are mandatory, some voluntary/advised. According to the governor of Louisiana, many are being evacuated up to shelters in northern Louisiana. The evacuees currently staying in the Cajun Dome are being evacuated via buses right now.

The weather is such that their choices aren’t obvious, but if the BMM ministry team does not evacuate now, they won’t have the opportunity to do so later. Since they have a mobile home, they’re opting to evacuate and will probably tonight start out for Mobile, Alabama.

BMM Katrina Response Team members on site in Lafayette right now are local BMM missionary pastor Roger Price, BMM logistics coordinator Ray Mitchell, BMM missionary Shawn Alexander and his son Micah, and a Washington pastor–Doug Swope. Pastor Price’s wife was flown to Indianapolis several days ago due to illness, and the team is currently helping him pack up some of the Prices’ possessions.

Based on information they have now, the response team’s plan is to evacuate themselves this evening. Our own work team has delayed departure from Rockford until 6pm in order to collect and pack emergency supply items (water, non-perishable food, paper cups, paper plates, loaner chain saws, etc.), which they hope to transport down to the church in Mobile, Alabama. If possible, these items will arrive tomorrow for the direct benefit of the BMM Katrina Response Team and its efforts to help evacuees.


Pray for safety, wisdom, and providential help with logistics.

Pray especially that those who have been ministering in the Cajun Dome would be able eventually to resume contact with those friends with whom they’ve been working, since they are being moved out today. The team is particularly burdened that they be able to reconnect with the 17 adults who have made professions of faith.

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