The World Mission Society Church of God in Edmonton very quickly organized a “water drive”May 24, 2013
As clouds backed up against the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, rain began pouring down in Southern Alberta. Because the storm clouds could not overcome the mountain tops, the raging storm stood still and poured itself out continually, without moving. Waters rose and rivers crested their banks, flooding thousands of Alberta residents out of their homes, taking 4 lives and causing billions of dollars in damage.
Due to the flood, the traditional water sources had become too contaminated to provide potable drinking water. Upon hearing of the disaster the World Mission Society Church of God in Edmonton very quickly organized a “water drive”. Water was donated by the church, local grocers and neighbors. The 6000 bottles of donated water were loaded up into a U-haul and delivered to Blackie Arena, the temporary emergency evacuation center.
Once the floods subsided and evacuated areas were opened to the public again, volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God in Edmonton loaded up a donated school bus with snow shovels, pails, rubber boots and gloves, and the earnest heart of Mother. They headed south to High River, the hardest hit town in the province, to lend a loving hand to their neighbors. It was the first time residents were seeing their homes since the flood happened and the reality was devastating. Many homes were still without gas, water and electricity and also required the removal of heavy appliances and furniture.
The World Mission Society Church of God volunteers were there to help and to comfort the residents who had suffered so much. They spent 2 days helping local residents clean the sludge from their basements and remove heavy objects. Arrangements were made with Mossleigh Community so the volunteers could wash up at night at the Mossleigh Swimming Pool and spend the night camped out in the generously donated baseball diamond. The volunteers woke up bright and early the next morning to do it all over again before the long weekend came to a close.
The volunteers received a standing ovation by residents as they were leaving. The hearts of the residents were truly touched by the sincere love contained in the aid from the World Mission Society Church of God.
As a result of sincere efforts to help the residents affected …..Heros of the flood, danielle smith