Trouble in the Gulf


Hurricane Laura path and tracker: Storm strengthens into Category 4 system  as it heads toward Texas and Louisiana: NHC, NOAA - ABC11 Raleigh-Durham

Louisiana is bracing for a powerful hit from Hurricane Laura, directly following the lesser impact that Hurricane Marco had on the same region, which made landfall Monday. Hurricane Marco initially did pose a threat, yet had downgraded to being a tropical depression right before impact. Now that Marco has struck land, Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said from Monday night that all eyes are on Laura.

Hurricane Laura has progressed to becoming a Category 4 hurricane, with winds currently at 145 MPH, projected to hit 150 MPH. It is moving rapidly at 17 MPH, expected to bring destructive winds well inland, and a heavy storm surge along the Gulf Coast. This hurricane is expected to be more powerful than Hurricane Katrina, which was only a Category 3, which hit the same exact geographical area 15 years ago. According to the National Hurricane Center, a hurricane warning has been issued for portions of the Texas and the Louisiana coastline. This hurricane is projected to hit tonight, and has already caused very slow moving traffic, and the closing down of multiple businesses. Laura has already already drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic, killing 15 people in Caribbean. In the region from western Louisiana to eastern Texas, people could be without power for days or even weeks. The track of the storm has shifted slightly west and is closer to Houston, the country’s 4th largest city with around 7 million residents. On top of Covid-19, this hurricane is already damaging businesses and cancelling hundreds of flights.

Experts say that this storm will produce an “unsurvivable storm surge” that could penetrate up to 30 miles inland. The NHC said in a statement “Only a few hours remain to protect life and property and all actions should be rushed to completion.” Residents in affected areas are being urged to brace for “widespread damaging wind gusts.” Louisiana has activated its entire National Guard, something it hasn’t done in “many years,” according to the governor. The storm surge is forcasted to be around 20 feet. Officials are putting it bluntly to residents, saying leave and leave now.

The Louisiana governor has urged residents to prepare to take cover, warning that they will essentially be on their own for the first few days. “The first 72 hours is on you,” Edwards said. “That is because the second storm comes in so close that there may not be much of a window when we can fly search-and-rescue helicopters, when we can get out with high-water vehicles and those sorts of things.” Mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued within multiple coastal cities in Texas. More than 300,000 residents in East Texas and along the Gulf Coast have already evacuated. The American Red cross has repositioned 700 workers and relief supplies ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall.

The Bible says that in these last days, perilous times shall come (2 Tim. 3:1). As children of God, we should never fear things such as hurricanes as they come, for we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Rom. 8:37). We are more than conquerors not just in a spiritual sense, but physically as well. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, meaning our skin, muscles and bone are just the “suitcase” that carries the Spirit of the Living God inside of us. Therefore, we must walk in this power, and never fear, for what is happening now is a part of what Jesus has already prophesied 2,000 years ago. Brothers and sisters in Christ, take heart, for though in this life there will be many tribulations, Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33). Since Jesus Christ lives in us, we have overcome the world as well!


Weekly Assignment: Now is the time to become active in the missionary and giving aspects of your local church ministries. If you have not already looked into volunteering programs, despite the pandemic, sign up now! When the country officially gets up and running, you must begin actively serving both within and outside your community. For the sake of the Great Commission, the Gospel must not only be preached in our words, but in our actions. As they say, actions speak louder than words. We need to begin to help each other and stop blaming things such as the government for the short-comings in our society. As the Church, we are the ones who are supposed to bring the solutions, not the world!

It’s time to get moving and be active disciples, helping not just in our prayer rooms but in the field of real life, on a daily basis. You do not necessarily have to volunteer every day, but you must be ready to help your neighbor at any time, for God surely rewards your good deeds that are done in secret (Matt. 6:5). Tithe and offering is very important as well, as the Bible says that money answereth all things (Ecc. 10:19). Tithe is mandatory and an important spiritual principle to perform based on your weekly earnings, but offering is from the heart and can be given as much as desired. Support both the domestic and international activities of your local ministries and build the Kingdom of God from whatever city you are residing in. Money is a massive tool in the Kingdom, and now above all other times is the time to put it in best use! Do not procrastinate. Regularly invest in God’s Kingdom starting today!

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