Stacy Lamb, Convoy of Hope’s Senior Director of Disaster Services, remains based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Laura more than two weeks back. His boots-on-the-ground interview helps you understand just how serious the situation remains. For example, 90,000 people are still without power in the Lake Charles area alone. “Until the power comes back on, a lot of folks can’t come back into the community. They can’t work, which means people are not getting paid. There’s still very widespread damage around here as well … there’s still a long road to recovery here,” advises Lamb.
Without power, there’s no air conditioning, no fans – and with the temperatures still very summer-like and the humidity high, “mold is a big issue” with homes that have been damaged. Life is not easy.
Convoy of Hope, a K-LOVE ministry partner, is working with area churches, “Our primary partner is the local church,” says Lamb. Convoy’s Louisiana base of operations is currently in a church parking lot. Lamb says “we’re praying with people and offering help wherever we can.” That help? Significant. The Convoy team has already trucked in 1.5 million pounds of relief supplies which are being donated to those in need, absolutely free.