Saturday, August 13, 2011

Please read…

The flood of 2011 has been a hardship for many area families. Even if our homes are not directly in water, it has effected businesses and roadways. Some people have lost their jobs or have had to relocate and pay rent a long with their regular house payments just so they are able to keep their job. Unfortunately little if any help is forthcoming.
The following is an article written by our pastor.

It appears from my perspective that we’re the forgotten disaster of the summer of 2011. Rural America small towns and cities face a variety of challenges each and every year but compounded for Percival, Hamburg, Watson and many others is the water of the Missouri River which seems to be a perpetual sight that is not going away any time soon. In fact if the “so called experts” are correct it could be six months to two years before some people are able to inspect their homes.

For the communities along the Missouri River basin and the corn and soybeans once growing in the fields on the bottom; it’s probably a “blip” on the markets, so who cares? Well I for one do, having lived in Hamburg for 15 years and now pasturing the Percival Community Church for the past 2 and one half years Yes, I have developed a fondness for the area and its people. They are hard working, honest, caring good hearted with a love for family, friends and the land God created.

It’s worth saving, but where are the movie stars, activists’ and others who have given time and resources to some of the neediest places of the world, but are silent to the cries and hurts of people in rural America?

My faith tells me, God hears their pain, frustration and day to day struggles to remain positive and to believe that tomorrow will be better and brighter.

Please don’t forget us: pray for us, encourage us, remember us, we’re America too and people of faith, trusting that God’s love, grace and mercy is sufficient.

Pastor Blaine

Our church came up with this idea for a money raiser for area flood victims. Please click on the letter below to enlarge. If you feel you would like to donate $1.00 to this cause, there will be so many appreciative people!  Please share this information as you see fit. Thank you so much!


Above all else, remember us in prayer…. Thank you.



  1. Hi Mindy:
    Yes, the word isn't getting out about this. I don't know why--maybe because farmers and those in the rural areas tend to be stoic about the havoc wreaked on their crops and lives by the weather and they tend to rely more on themselves and their neighbors? Thanks for sharing this letter and getting the word out. ~Roberta

  2. Hi, Mindy
    So sad about the area~ my heart goes out to all the families, businesses, and Farmers~ I can't imagine the damage~ I don't understand how something like this can be overlooked~

    So glad your church has started this~ a wonderful idea~
    I am sending my prayers~

  3. Mindy,
    It does seem that rural America is forgotten. Small towns around here suffer from the same neglect. Individual farmers are ignored. There are jokes about them. It is so sad. I agree with Roberta. Farmers are just expected to be stronger stock. People who live along the rivers instead of in the big urban areas are expected to take care of these natural disasters on their own. 6 months and even years pass by while they suffer through trying to pay rent on a temporary home while repairing or rebuilding their home while the business they worked for is also doing the same! They pump millions of dollars into international disasters where who knows what gets done while America waits and suffers and makes do..... What is wrong with that picture? Millions of $ are spent on travel to foreign countries, vacations for politicians, tailor-made clothes, $1000 a plate meals while children sleep in strange places and often go to bed hungry---hungry for food, their real home, the same things other kids have..... I do disagree with welfare but I think most Americans do want to work for their living. Generations of families on welfare needs to end. That whole system needs to be revamped nationwide. And senior citizens having to worry from month-to-month that the retirement they worked for all their lives may disappear is ludicrous. And medical insurance becoming a forced issue---I thought this new plan was going to cover everyone. That is all BS. All insurance is a scam. Just try to collect on a policy. No such thing as flood insurance..... Yes, America is being crapped on by our American representation!!!!!
    ★Linda★ on her soapbox!

  4. Thank you Mindy for sharing this - and bless Pastor Pritchett for speaking it. I, too, feel that too much money, time, and attention is spent on the needs of people in other countries while silent cries go unheard in our own backyards - even our own families. Your community is in my prayers - and a small token of help will be in Monday's post....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. The people who work so hard to raise our food should be the first to be helped in this time of disaster, yet it was seldom in the news. Flooding is a devastating thing to happen to anyone, especially when your livelihood is taken along with your possessions. I have a little love gift to mail. I hope your pastor will get a big response, and many, many prayers as well. Love from Michigan.