Operation Compassion Implements Disaster Relief Plan

By , September 2, 2005

Within three days of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina Operation Compassion has implemented its disaster relief plan for the Gulf region. As with every disaster there is some lag time due to safety, search and rescue and recovery concerns. However, Operation Compassion has been able to implement a three prong plan within seventy-two hours.

Open Relief Centers
There are three disaster relief sites that are open and fully operational. The Gulfport, MS Church of God and Pastor Tim Fulmer have received multiple semi trucks loaded with supplies. Gulfport will not only serve as a distribution site for Operation Compassion but also for FEMA and other major charity partners. One charity based in Washington, D.C. is on site with a canteen and cafeteria tent that will be able to serve thousands of meals each day.

In Covington, LA, Pastor Kenny Flaming and the Church of God have also received two semi trucks of disaster relief supplies and is open and fully operational as a disaster distribution site. Also, fully operational as a disaster distribution site is the Bayou La Batre Church of God in Irvington, AL. Pastor Steven Smith has received disaster relief supplies as well.

Future Sites
By Saturday afternoon, Trinity Heights Church of God and Pastor Bevon Joe Smith will be open and fully operational as a disaster distribution site in Hattiesburg, MS. Pastor Ronnie Clark and the Lucedale Church of God will also be open and operational by Saturday afternoon.

The Picayune, MS Church of God, Pastor Dwayne Blackwell should be fully operational by mid week, as well as Pastor Travis Taylor and the Harvest Worship Church of God of Gautier, MS.

Housing Refugees
Due to the overwhelming nature of this disaster, there have been an extremely large number of displaced people. Many of these people have lost everything but their lives. They have truly become refugees of Hurricane Katrina. However, there is a City of Refuge! In Atlanta, GA, Pastor Bruce Deel has opened his church, City of Refuge as a shelter for as many as two thousand hurricane refugees.

Operation Compassion will deliver food on Friday, September 2nd to the City of Refuge. A further commitment by Operation Compassion has been made to re-supply City of Refuge with food as long as they are housing up to fifteen hundred refugees.

Staging Areas
West of the disaster area, Maranatha Church of God in Baton Rouge, LA will continue to serve as a staging for disaster relief products and refugees as needed. On the east, Pathway Temple Church of God will also continue to serve as a staging area as needed.

With fifty semi trucks on the road en route with disaster relief products and the spiraling cost of fuel, Operation Compassion needs your help!

Please send your donations to or contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax


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