Several counties in Southern West Virginia and Western Virginia experienced catastrophic flooding as a result of a torrential downpour on Tuesday night, dumping over six inches of rain within four hours. In addition to shutting down roads throughout the area, hundreds of homes experienced significant damage.
Praying Pelican Missions has existing partnerships in and close-by the affected areas and has been able to provide volunteer support in the immediate aftermath through mission teams that were serving in the area. However, partners are in need of more and continuing support as they assess the damage and begin to respond to the affected communities.
We need your help. First and foremost, we ask you to pray. Pray for those individuals, families, and businesses that were affected by the storm, that they would feel God’s presence with them and experience His comfort. Pray for those community leaders that are stepping up and leading response efforts. And pray for provision for the needed supplies and funds to begin the recovery process.
And if you are able, we ask you to consider giving or going (or both!). PPM will be supporting our local partners as best we can, and they will be in need of supplies as they respond - items like generators, clean water, chainsaws, etc. In addition, there will be immense needs for volunteers to aid in recovery efforts over the coming months. Please consider contributing financially and joining us on an Appalachia mission trip.
Praying Pelican Missions exists to inspire unity within the global Church. As an interdenominational ministry, we seek to celebrate the variety of the Church while leveraging what binds us together. There is no more powerful example of God’s love to a community than when His people come together to serve and advance the Gospel, all in the name of Jesus.
Each year, we set up and lead mission trips for churches, small groups, families, and individuals, continually expanding and strengthening a network of pastors and communities both abroad and in the United States. Our trips are built around three main pillars for healthy short-term missions: genuine partnerships, long-term relationships, and sustainable ministry.
Through Praying Pelican Missions, more than 50,000 short-term missionaries have served in over 450 different communities throughout our locations. As lives are touched and hearts are transformed, there is an increasing number of pastors, churches, and communities inviting mission teams to serve alongside them through Praying Pelican Missions. We are continually amazed to witness and be part of God's movement in the world, from Chicago to Costa Rica to South Africa and everywhere in between.