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PORTSMOUTH, VA, October 8, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Hampton Roads based non-profit, disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization departs Saturday morning for Haiti. Their team will deliver clean water solutions to the areas of Les Cayes and Miragoane for survivors of Hurricane Matthew. Mercy Chefs’ Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc says, “One of the first key issues survivors will face is water contamination. It is crucial that we get clean water into their hands as quickly as possible to prevent disease and dehydration, which compound the risk of death following a disaster.” This weekend, to meet that need, Mercy Chefs will install a water filtration unit capable of providing 120 gallons of potable water per hour – enough for 5,000 people daily. In addition, they will pass out 250 individual water purification straws. Each straw will provide one person with up to six months of clean drinking water. The organization has already identified another location in Cap Haitien, Haiti which is in need of an even larger unit. Their team plans to return within the month to deliver and install a permanent water purification system there, which will provide 40,000 people with access to potable water. For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ### ABOUT MERCY CHEFS:Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia. Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. Request an Interview with Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc.
PORTSMOUTH, VA, August 15, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed thousands in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the surrounding areas. This is Mercy Chefs’ ninth disaster deployment in 2016, and their third to Louisiana. Sunday, the relief group left from their Dallas base with two of their state of the art mobile kitchens and a refrigerated trailer in tow, headed for the disaster zone. The team arrived on site late in the evening yesterday. Today, their chefs will begin serving 7,500 restaurant quality meals daily for victims, first responders and volunteers. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency, and is warning residents and guests that though the rain has ceased, the rivers and flood waters are still on the rise. An estimated 7,000 residents have already been rescued from their homes, 5,000 are in shelters, and three have lost their lives in this ongoing disaster. The need for relief is urgent and widespread. Mercy Chefs’ mobile kitchen is stationed at Bethany Church located at: 11107 Honore Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Those residents and first responders who are able to reach the site are invited to pick up lunch and dinner here. Mercy Chefs’ mobile food truck will also be making deliveries to the areas of Denham Springs, Amite and Robert. Meal times will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page. For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ### ABOUT MERCY CHEFS: Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. CONTACT MERCY CHEFS:Request an InterviewFounder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews.Phone: 877-746-9322 Ext.700Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: https://www.mercychefs.com
Audio for Radio Download Gospel for Asia-supported Workers Join Relief Efforts as Monsoons Flood Asian Villages At least 42 Killed, Millions Affected in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal Monsoon rains have flooded a church in one of the districts in Assam, India.WILLS POINT, Tex., August 12, 2016 / Christian News Service / – Workers supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) are distributing supplies, including food, mosquito netting, hygiene products and blankets, to villagers fleeing widespread monsoon flooding across certain parts of Asia. The monsoons have killed more than 42 people and driven millions more from their homes in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and India. Flooding has inundated Kurigram, Bogra and Lalmonirhat districts of Bangladesh, where more than 50,000 people have lost their household items, domestic animals and crops. GFA-supported workers report that some are living in boats. The Kathmandu Post reports that in Nepal rains and landslides have killed at least 39 and that an additional 28 are missing as homes, crops, roads and other buildings are damaged or swept away.   In Bihar, GFA-supported workers gave tarps for shelter, as well as food supplies to 800 needy villagers, and elsewhere, a Bridge of Hope center, which tutors 141 children, has been flooded, along with the children’s homes. In one district of India, GFA-supported workers supplied about 1,000 families left homeless by flooding with 1,000 mosquito nets, about 650 pounds of beaten rice, 600 packets of biscuits, 300 bars of antibacterial soap, 300 tubes of toothpaste and 300 toothbrushes. Workers also visited stricken Kabu Sapori Island in the Dhemaji district, providing blankets and food for 300 families.  “We will never forget your good work in our lives,” said the village president. “I, on behalf of [this island], would like to thank each of you and all the leaders for your extended helping hand. Thank you so much.” GFA-supported workers are organizing relief trips to a number of refugee camps and isolated villages to help care for stranded villagers. More flooding in the region is expected as the monsoon season, which began in May, continues into November. “We need to pray for the protection of the precious people living in these villages,” said Yohannan. “Please pray the Lord will comfort the hearts of those who lost their homes and belongings and enable us to be His hands and feet to them during this time.”   ### Gospel for Asia has – for more than…
PORTSMOUTH, VA, July 25, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster and humanitarian relief organization is headed back to Baltimore this weekend to host the “Day of Hope” event in partnership with Somebody Cares Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department and leaders from the local community.   During the intense unrest that filled the city, Mercy Chefs and their team of professional chefs travelled to feed the police officers, national guard members and emergency personnel, who were working around the clock to secure and protect the city. Amidst the chaos, conversations with the police department and local ministries revolved around addressing the increasing divide between residents and law enforcement and working together to unify the city. Following their initial outreach, Mercy Chefs returned to host a Christmas dinner in the heart of Freddie Gray’s neighborhood to aid in accomplishing all that had been discussed. At the event, police officers and chaplains came out to serve Christmas dinners prepared by Mercy Chefs to members of the North Baltimore community. Unity filled the room as local community leaders, street entrepreneurs, police officers and pastors all came together to enjoy a meal, talk, laugh and embrace their common ground. This weekend, Mercy Chefs is looking forward to serving thousands of meals once again to further the growing unity between the community members and local law enforcement in Baltimore and foster an environment where new and deepening connections can be made. Mercy Chefs’ mobile kitchen will be part of the neighborhood block party complete with games for the kids, food and fun for all at Bocek Park in the North East Inner City, 3198 East Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21205. The main event will take place Saturday, July 30th from 12:30pm until 4:00pm. For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ### ABOUT MERCY CHEFS: Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. CONTACT MERCY CHEFS: Request an Interview Founder and President, Gary…
West Virginia flood damage.Charlotte, n.c., June 27, 2016 / Christian News Service / – Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed to West Virginia on Friday, hours after devastating and deadly floods caused widespread damage in the state. According to news reports, 24 people died in what has been considered the worst flood the state has seen in the last 100 years. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in 44 counties. “The images that we saw on television were just devastating,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Houses on fire or broken into shambles and tumbling down a current of floodwater. Each one of those images represents a family that has lost everything—in some cases, loved ones. “We are in West Virginia to offer hope and help meet the needs of the homeowners and flood survivors.” The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploying in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries will address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have been affected. Graham, on his Facebook page, asked for prayer. “The scope of damage is immense. In a matter of hours, some people lost everything they had worked their whole lives for. Join me in praying God’s comfort for those who have been hard hit—especially the families who have tragically lost loved ones.” The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has already ministered in the wake of several floods in Missouri, Louisiana and Texas this year. Additionally, on Sunday, June 26, the chaplains concluded their efforts in Orlando following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/RRTChaplains. ### About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 225 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. - 30 -
PORTSMOUTH, Vir., June 25, 2016 / Christian News Service / -– Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization is deploying their team of professional chefs to bring relief to victims, volunteers and first responders of the severe flooding in West Virginia.  The team is scheduled to arrive on site today with their mobile kitchen and refrigerated trailer. This flood is being labeled a 1,000-year event with the Elkview River cresting yesterday at a record high of 33.37 feet. Governor Tomblin has officially declared a state of emergency. Already twenty deaths have occurred as a result of this historic flooding. Homes have been washed away completely. Hundreds of residents are stranded, and water rescues are still underway. Thousands more remain without electricity and water. Mercy Chefs’ kitchen is self-sustaining and can continue operation without outside power or potable water. The mobile response unit will be stationed at Bethesda Church located at 232 Bob White Lane in White Sulfur Springs serving professionally prepared meals to anyone in need. Meal service will begin with tonight’s dinner at the earliest and Sunday lunch at the latest.   The situation is constantly evolving. Updates will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page. ### For more information on Mercy Chefs, please visit www.mercychefs.com ABOUT MERCY CHEFS:Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served over one million meals, and in 2015 they received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for their service. CONTACT MERCY CHEFS: Founder and President, Gary LeBlanc is available for video and audio interviews. Phone: 877-746-9322 Ext.700 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: mercychefs.comRequest an Interview
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 2, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Just days after finishing their ministry efforts in Houston following massive and widespread flooding in April, crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have returned to the Houston area. Historic levels of precipitation across Texas have produced another round of widespread flooding, leading to swollen rivers, closed roads, evacuated families, and devastated homes. According to news reports, six people have died statewide in the floods. “Many families are still dealing with the immense impact of the April flood on their lives and on their homes. The latest round of rain and flooding will have an exponentially larger effect on those who were already tired and broken,” said Jack Munday, the international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Please join us in praying for all of those who are facing difficult days ahead as a result of the storms.” The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is deploying in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries will address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have been affected.  The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team concluded its efforts related to the April flooding in Houston on May 21, 2016, roughly a week before the most recent storms devastated the area. They also recently wrapped up ministry in West Monroe, La., where they spent 11 weeks helping the surrounding communities to recover from flooding in early March. “Because we’ve had multiple disasters that have taken place so closely (chronologically and geographically), we were able to use existing connections and materials to proceed quickly and get up to speed almost immediately, reaching out to homeowners within hours,” said Munday. For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/RRTChaplains.   About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 215 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. For Information Contact:Erik Ogren(704) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   - 30 -
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