Dear Friends in Jesus Christ:
In a follow-up to my June 24 pastoral letter, I wanted to share the following communication I have received from Bishop Deborah Kiesey in the Dakotas Area:
Thank you for the prayers you have offered on behalf of the Dakotas and, in particular, Minot. I spent last weekend there and preached on Sunday. It was a sobering and emotional time. This disaster is now considered a Level Four - Catastrophic Disaster.
Some of you wanted to know when we were ready to receive "muck out" teams. There are now enough homes out of the water that we can begin to receive teams.
The situation in Minot:
Faith United Methodist Church:
If you have teams that are willing to come to Minot, please call the conference office at 605-996-6552 and Barb will take the information and will contact our North Dakota Disaster Coordinator, Lee Gale.
I did a tour of all our flooded areas last week ... Dakota Dunes ... Yankton ... Pierre/Ft. Pierre ... Bismarck/Mandan ... and prayers are still needed as the Missouri is flooding. But the good news is: the levees are holding and the people are strong.
Again, thank you for all your prayers.
Yours because of Jesus Christ,
Gregory Vaughn Palmer