OSLC Flood Response – July 15 Update

Recovery planning and steps beginning – Monday and Tuesday on the flood response have been days of planning and preparation. 

1. Grant applications were submitted to the Minot Community Foundation’s Flood Relief fund.  Both OSLC and LHLH have submitted applications.  

2. Registrations for damaged homes and volunteers travelling to Minot were received. OSLC staff members completed forms manually during the week and then submitted them by fax to the LDR offices for intake.  The LDR site (through RCC) is now online.  You can register directly through our web site or go through the Minot city web site. 

3. OSLC’s Flood Response Team met to organize the next steps that our congregation will be involved in as the recovery process begins in earnest.  Six areas of responsiblity were identified:

  • Coordinating tools, equipment, storage and supplies for OSLC members and friends to use.  Orphan Grain Train will be supplying storage pods and larger equipment.  OSLC volunteers will manage the usage. 
  • Managing OSLC’s Flood Relief Fund.  A team of members will be gathered to collect and assess needs, track dollars, submit reports as necessary, distribute gifts and generate additional Flood Relief Funds.  The church continues to receive donations to the flood relief fund.  Once again all donations through this fund will be distributed to families in need. 
  • “Move Team” Coordinator – The move team coordinator will manage the use of OSLC trailers and make them available for LDR mission team use and for moving OSLC members to their restored or to their new homes.  The move coordinator(s) will serve as contact points for members to telephone and arrange dates and times for OSLC moving assistance. 
  • Communications and Publicity – Members of this team will be contact points for communicating to the congregation.  When an LDR volunteer team is set up for assisting a family, that information will be communicated to the congregation at large.  Friends within the congregation are then able to assist as volunteers at large and help at the job site.  Communication’s team members will also communicate a family’s moving information to the congregation so that friends can assist and moving teams can be formed.  This would consist of weekly announcements within the OSLC bulletin and the maintaining of a web blog for pepole to access each week.
  • LDR Christian Care Line – This is a crisis hotline with distinctly Christian caring.  Bonnie Rennich has accepted the responsibility to make this happen as she works with LDR, Stephen Ministers from OSLC and Christ Lutheran Church, and volunteers from the congregation.  You may find out more at http://www.oslcnow.com/2011/07/11/can-you-help-ldr-christian-care-line/.
  • Grant Writers – These would be people who have a natural writing ability who might be able to assist Pastor Krueger in the writing and research of Grants. 

4. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans funded a $15,000 grant request written by Pastor Krueger to provide covered trailers to be used by LDR for the duration of the flood recovery and rebuilding.  These trailers will be available for volunteer teams to use as they work on Minot area homes. 

5. The Orphan Grain Train request has been submitted.  If approved, OGT will supply several storage units for OSLC members to use on short term basis while homes are being repaired.  Equipment for OSLC members (and others) to use has also been requested.  If things fall into place, these units should be available to OSLC use during the first week of August.

6. Bonnie Rennich, OSLC’s Director of Music and Congregational Ministries, has made contacts with Stephen leaders from other Minot congregations and has  begun recruiting servants for the LDR Christian Care line.  You might be the right person to serve in this important ministry.  Click here  – http://www.oslcnow.com/2011/07/11/can-you-help-ldr-christian-care-line/ – to find out more.

7. Pastor Krueger continues to serve on the ND Recovery Coordination Center team for the Minot flood disaster. 

8. Because of the risk factors to health and safety, we will be partnering with Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) for volunteer service and home owner registrations.  LDR has more than 14 years of experience in North Dakota and is serving as the Coordinating Agency for the Ward County Clean up. 

Here’s how it will work for OSLC members:   If you’re an OSLC member and you have lost your home and you’re looking for people who can help, our procedure at this point will be as follows:

  • We will share the information with our church family and encourage them to telephone the homeowner and offer their assistance should they desire.  Members certainly are free to work together to assist one another. 
  •  However, due to safety and health reasons, we will not create and organize teams through our church.  Instead, we will create and organize our teams within LDR’s systems which have been set up to do the maximum amount of good within a coordinated system of experience, safety, checks and balances, and effectiveness. 
  • Therefore if you’re a home owner, we ask that you be patient as the process unfolds.  When working with volunteer help, the systems are set up for the good of all.


              The water is beginning to receede and some work is ready to begin.  Please exercise patience during the processes. Remember that your recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.  Most importantly, in all that lays ahead for you and for your family, remember that Christ Jesus will carry you through both the easy and the difficult days that lay ahead.  Make it a point to stop and place your trust in Christ’s promised care – especially when things seem the most difficult.

From Matthew 6 we hear the words of Jesus:   

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.