Rapides Parish (Where I Live) Shifts From Being a Shelter Area for Gustav To A High Impact Area For The Storm


BTW, the Bishop Issued This Statement Yesterday:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As with many of you, I am following closely the status of Hurricane Gustav as it relates to making landfall in Louisiana. At the present time Susan and I are in Lafayette having arrived here last night for a stewardship event this day; tomorrow I will have visitation and confirmations at Ascension Parish. We will leave for home following this, unless directed by the authorities to evacuate before then.

The status in Lafayette Parish at this time (5:30 p.m.) is “voluntary evacuation,” and I have heard that Vermilion Parish is under a “mandatory evacuation” order. This said, the question has been raised about church services in the case of “mandatory evacuation” orders. Please know, should your particular area come under a “mandatory evacuation” order, the directive should be adhered to and if this means cancelling services, then this is what must be done.

All of us must take the necessary steps in a situation like this to ensure as best as possible, the safety and care of human life.

Liz Ratcliff, Diocesan Disaster Relief Officer, has been and remains on top of conditions within the diocese, and I thank her on behalf of us all for the communications pertaining to the storm that she has been sending out.

Please continue to share with me in prayers for protection for those in harms way, and a calming of that which bears down upon us.

Faithfully in Christ,

+Bruce MacPherson

The Rt. Rev’d D. Bruce MacPherson
Bishop of Western Louisiana
and President of Province VII

6 Responses to “Rapides Parish (Where I Live) Shifts From Being a Shelter Area for Gustav To A High Impact Area For The Storm”

  1. 1 mithrax August 31, 2008 at 5:44 pm


    Prayers ascending.


  2. 2 Timothy Fountain August 31, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Altar prayers this morning and EP is coming up… will continue.

  3. 3 Oscewicee August 31, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    We prayed for all in the path of the storm at church this morning, and my family and I have been praying for several days. God bless.

  4. 4 Rob Eaton+ September 1, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Brad, Bp MacPherson, all in the path,
    We began our prayers in earnest at Saturday MP, Sunday services, and will continue with Monday MP, about the time G. is supposed to hit landfall. Our prayer is dissipation prior to that moment, no loss of life, and no serious damage. All the folks who participated in our Proxy Prayer evening after Katrina had hit are praying specifically for the communities they prayed for back then.

  5. 5 confessingreader September 1, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I spoke with my mother (in Grant Parish) late Sunday afternoon. Sounds as though she, my brother and his family, other family members are as ready as can be before a hurricane.

    Prayers are ascending for you, for them, for all in the storm’s path, and for those who have already suffered bereavement of life, property and loved ones from the hurricane.

  6. 6 Rob Eaton+ September 2, 2008 at 3:31 am

    This morning in prayer as we asked the Lord for any specific leading in prayer, a small portion of a levee was seen breaking at the top and allowing a rush of water through. It was seen as something that, without God’s intervention, would happen. So we prayed for the strength of that portion wherever it was, and that it would hold for the duration. I noted today that the levees themselves held. The Engineers undoubtedly will find in their inspection portions of levees weakened. We’ll pray that all the compromised areas will be found and repaired.

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