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Disaster Relief Heading Into Winter
Amid all of the Covid-19 concerns of this past year, natural disasters still happen, and the Fellowship of Christian Farmers is there to help farmers recover from hurricanes, tornados, floods, wildfires, and other disasters, large and small. This year brought massive tornados in Tennessee and Alabama, hurricanes to Louisiana and Alabama, a derecho storm to Iowa, along with many smaller storms. A big thank you to FCFI Board Member CP Foster for hauling a truckload of hay to Louisiana!
Work Continues in Iowa
The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International teamed up with Go Serve Global to help farmers in rural Iowa recover from the August 10th derecho windstorm that hit the Cedar Rapids area with sustained winds of over 100 mph, lasting nearly an hour and flattening 13 million acres of corn and soybeans. Current projects include removing downed trees and gleaning fields littered with pieces of destroyed grain bins and other metal buildings on farms northeast of Keystone.
Record 140 MPH Winds Flatten Corn in Iowa
When you see devastation like this in Iowa farm country, you immediately think tornado. This would not be the case for a straight line windstorm that passed through the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area on August 10, 2020. Wind speeds set a new record for the straight line winds, called “Derecho.”
Truck Purchased at Auction!
The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International has been involved in disaster relief for many years. We have sent teams to Louisiana for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to North Carolina for Hurricane Florence, to Florida for Hurricane Michael, to Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma for tornadoes, to Kansas for wildfires, to many states for flooding and other disasters. First responder disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse donated a 5th wheel trailer that they used for disaster relief to the Fellowship of Christian Farmers, which has been useful responding to disasters in Oklahoma and Kansas.
FCFI Delivers Rubber Gloves to OSF Medical Warehouse
The Coronavirus Hospital staff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) crisis impacts every farm family. Family members, friends at church, and neighbors can be nurses, doctors, techs and other health care workers we know. Two weeks ago, my wife, Janet, and I were Facetiming with our son, Joshua, who is a registered nurse. After he explained the shortage of N-95 masks, gowns, shields and gloves, I had to put prayer into action to see what could be done about this shortage.
Disaster Relief in Nebraska
FCFI Motorcoach and 5th Wheel Command Center. The 5th wheel was donated to FCFI by Samaritan’s Purse. The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International is currently deployed in Nance County, Nebraska, near Genoa, after the worst flooding in 50 years. In mid-March, a “bomb cyclone,” which is basically a winter hurricane, hit the Midwest, causing […]
Disaster Relief in North Carolina
Althouigh Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast six months ago, much work still needs to be done. Hurricane Florence slowed and lost strength just off the coast of North Carolina, making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, and dumped nearly 36 inches of rain, causing massive flooding on the coast and more than 30 miles inland.
The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International, with outstanding phone work by Executive Director Dennis Schlagel and excellent leg work by Disaster Relief Coordinator Melvin Bell, sent a relief team down to Burgaw, North Carolina, about 30 miles inland from Wilmington, NC.
Disaster Relief in Marianna, Florida
It was a great time to bug out of Illinois as the wind chill dipped to minus 60. Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018 as a high category 4, with wind speeds of 155 mph, causing massive destruction along the panhandle coast, near Panama City. Damage was nearly as great 50 miles inland, near Marianna, Florida.