Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gustav Update 1

First, I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and their prayers. I don't know what people do who don't believe God answers prayers, but I don't want to find out for myself.

I am safely entrenched in the house of a fellow pastor and his family in the Baton Rouge area. Another pastor from the New Orleans area and his family may be joining us tomorrow. God is generous, and I thank Him for the generosity of the people He has brought into my life.

That includes my vicarage bishop and his wife in Missouri, who will be hosting Faith and the kids starting tomorrow. Faith stopped somewhere in Arkansas tonight, and I certainly hope she's been sleeping for a long time by now. They'll finish the journey tomorrow, and I can't think of a better place for her and the kids to be than the place where I was taken care of for a year . . . except maybe my parents' place, but that would have been an even longer trip.

The storm still looks like it's going to hit somewhere around New Orleans, Houma, Morgan City. If it's going to hit there, it could at least speed up a lot so it goes through quickly. A slow storm makes things even worse.

I'll keep updating from time to time, as long as we don't lose Internet here. In the meantime, be safe, and keep praying!


Paul McCain said...

Please strongly consider evacuating, you and the folks in Baton Rouge. Please look closely at the wind maps that are projected. Baton Rouge is right in the "bullseye."

"Riding a hurricane out" is a horrible, horrible idea.

Please, please consider getting the heck out of Dodge, quickly.

God bless you and keep you.


revalkorn said...

Paul, as a civil official, I can't just up and leave. The facility I run may be used for relief after the storm, and I have to be there to help make it happen if it does. I've done what I can to be responsible. I've left the highest risk area and have moved to higher ground--literally. I've sent my wife and kids to a safe place--unless the Missouri floods, of course.

I'm not being reckless. I've seen the projections and the forecast. I know the risk. I also have a job to do, and I think I've struck the right balance between the risk and the responsibility.

Thank you for your concerns and the blessing.

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Thank you for taking measures to keep you and your family safe, and keep us posted!

revalkorn said...

Dan--As long as the Internet lets me, I'll keep posting. If I can figure out how to post on my phone, I will.

Orianna Laun said...

We hope you are all safe and we are praying for you.