Solid Rock's pastor, Dan Doolin, is multi-tasking.
"The Red Cross designated our church as a shelter site and we have about 20 people in residence right now," Doolin
said."We also have been designated as a Red Cross feeding site.Mud-out teams from Texas and a shower unit from Arkansas got here yesterday.Now we have a laundry unit coming, I believe, from Oklahoma.We have been helping people with their FEMA applications and chaplains from our Iowa disaster relief units are helping people with their spiritual and emotional needs."
Many families in the town of 2,100 on the Mississippi River had to get out quickly, leaving belongings and even pets behind, Doolin
said.Church members responded by purchasing toothbrushes, toothpaste, underwear, T-shirts, deodorant -- "all the kind of stuff you need to survive," he
"The people wouldn't come off to eat, they were so engaged in the fight [against the floodwaters]," Doolin
Back in Wapello, Doolin
also sees God at work amid the devastation.
"We have seen people find hope.Sunday was a very powerful time," he