America's Largest Churches Aid Hurricane Katrina Survivors

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Bishop T.D. Jakes leads major ministries in efforts to assist in disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims.

Like most Americans, I see the unfathomable suffering

For Immediate Release

(PRWEB) September 8, 2005 -- Some of the nations largest African-American churches have joined together to provide over a million dollars of immediate financing and materials to support the aid effort for Hurricane Katrina survivors. Led by Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Potter’s House in Dallas Texas, major ministries have responded to provide urgent relief to victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

"Like most Americans, I see the unfathomable suffering," Jakes said "Help cannot come quickly enough. The African-American community has been disproportionately hit by the disaster and so many immediate needs must be addressed." He added.

The ministries working with Jakes include Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Inglewood, CA, Pastor Lyle Dukes, Woodbridge, VA, Bishop Noel Jones, Gardenia, CA, Bishop Courtney McBath (Virginia), Pastor Paula White (Florida), Pastor John Jenkins (Maryland), Bishop Andrew Merritt (Detroit, MI), Bishop Dale Bronner (Georgia) and Juanita Bynum Ministries.

The Potter's House has also partnered with the World Children’s Fund, successfully donating ready to eat meals, nutrition bars, water, ice and first aid representing 200 tons of material relief and valued at over $250,000. World Vision, also a partner, is assisting with truckloads of various non-perishable supplies, including clothing, toiletries and water.

"Many questions deserve to be answered, and it is a conversation that should and will happen in due time. Right now, we must focus on saving lives, and caring for those survivors who have lost everything," Jakes added.

A telephone bank has been established at the church to provide assistance for individuals and displaced families as well as those that are in immediate need of assistance.

In addition to the immediate funding and relief materials, major churches across the country are working with the Federal and local governments to provide temporary housing as well a essential resources for the regional relief centers that are in the process of being set up. To receive information about regional emergency services or to make donations call 214-623-4081. To volunteer to help, call: 214-333-6313.

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