How Blessed is He Who Considers the Helpless

By Francis Frangipane

Flood Update:

A number of you asked to be updated concerning flood recovery here, and we greatly appreciate your concern. Until you see the devastation, its really hard to imagine the costs, both financially and emotionally. Estimates to repair the city and prevent future flooding will be well over a billion dollars, and that does not include costs to residents: more than 5,000 homes were damaged or destroyed---and more than 1,000 flood-damaged businesses and industries. Most of the people did not have flood insurance. In the end, the floodwaters covered 1,300 Cedar Rapids city blocks, 9.2 square miles in a city that covers roughly 70 square miles.

The cameras and national news agencies have left; the big charities and government agencies are on to other things as well. And while construction and remodeling crews are hard at work, it is now mainly the church and local volunteer help that are standing with flood victims. Among these victims are many elderly and otherwise lower income people who have no recourse right now. A number of churches also suffered devastation to their buildings. These are the people your financial gifts are helping. Every penny you’ve sent has either already been given or is dedicated to helping people, and we are giving with the hope of letting the love of Jesus shine through.

As for my wife and I and most of our church, we are fine. Our concern is for our city. I probably will not make another appeal, but on behalf of those who have lost so much, I will risk asking one more time. Please consider again sending support to help these people. These kind of disasters can hit anywhere in the country; floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes are our common enemies. Yet God’s word gives each of us a tremendous promise. He says,

How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.
The LORD will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You restore him to health.

                                                Psalms 41:1-4

Many of the people here are helpless. Would you extend yourself once more and give to those in need?

Thanks so much,

Pastor Frangipane


From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa, thank you for standing with us.

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