The flood level in the street in front of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) building continues to subside, but very slowly. Monday morning the level was still at 71 centimeters (28 inches). In spite of that the director and staff waded through the water to get to their office. Although about six inches of water stood against the front of the building, for the first time in nearly a month they opened the door and went inside.
As expected, water covered the floor. Marks on the walls indicate that the level had been as high as 35 centimeters (14 inches), but now was down to 15 centimeters (6 inches). We thank God that the building sits higher than the road or the flooding inside the building would have been much worse. All of the bookstore materials had been moved to higher floors before the floods reached the building, so there was no loss of inventory. The amount of damage to the floor, walls, cabinets, desks and bookshelves can’t be assessed until after the water is gone and the cleaning can be started.
It will be at least a few weeks before the first floor can be used again, but the director and staff were able to turn on the electricity in the upper floors and begin the process of getting back to work. They spent part of the day discussing and planning details for the Flood Relief Packs project. The supplies and bags have been ordered for the first 500 packs. Because the supplier has limited inventory, LHMT won’t receive the materials until about November 22 or 23. Hopefully, during the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States the LHMT director and staff, LCMS missionaries, Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation director and staff and some Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church members will be packing and delivering the first set of Flood Relief Packs to flood victims in the community near the LHMT office.
The goal of this project is to distribute 2,000 Flood Relief Packs, but some of the supplies are not yet available in such large numbers. As soon as more items arrive at our supplier, we’ll deliver more packs. We really appreciate the donations that many of you have made for this project. If you haven’t sent a gift for this project, but you’d like to help, here’s what you can do. Visit the Lutheran Hour Ministries website at www.lhm.org and go to their special giving page. Or you can send a check made out to Lutheran Hour Ministries through the mail to 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis MO 63141. Be sure to write “Thailand Floods” in the memo field. You also can call the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis at 1-800-876-9880.
Three of the LHMT staff (Siam, Tak, Jin) still have flood waters in their homes. Please pray for them and that we’ll be able to continue our ministry activities as soon as possible.
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