Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I have seen one reporter whom I really loved during the coverage of this tragedy. It isn't the anchors from one network (that I've been told about) who keep complaining that we haven't heard from other countries. Grow up and deal with the tragedy. We're the wealthiest nation in the world. We can probably do without Sri Lanka's aid. The question is HOW -- not IS THERE ENOUGH MONEY? It isn't all the "on-the-spot" reporters who somehow became the story in their own coverage. It's like a competition to see who can stay outside the longest. Anchors back home keep describing them as courageous. Please. Just get out of the wind if you don't have to be there. Quit telling us that lots of stuff is falling apart. It's a hurricane. That's what happens. The one reporter I've liked the most is the young woman who was interviewing a man who lost his wife. He turned loose of her when she demanded that he save their children and grandchildren. The young news reporter began crying and wiping tears. She lost her objectivity. She was caught up into the tragedy. Now THAT is a person I want to hear more from! Thanks for your comments about places to send aid. So much needs to be done. But we're all baffled. It's so bad that no one knows how to get help there right now -- with all the flooding, bridges out, etc. But the time will come. And we need to be prepared to jump in. Our prayers are with all the churches in the area -- not just because they've been impacted but also because God will use them courageously to minister in the name of Christ in the coming weeks and months. We're going to count on them to let us know when and where we can help. As you continue learning of relief opportunities that you trust, please leave comments here.


  • Just saw a note from Serena that Dee has made another entry about life in the wake of the hurricane. www.deeandrews.blogspot.com.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/31/2005 08:50:00 AM  

  • Mike, We're trying to update www.christianchronicle.org regularly with opportunities to help, and additional information is available on my blog, bobbyrossjr.blogspot.com. As a secular reporter with The Daily Oklahoman and AP, I covered bombings, tornadoes, courthouse shootings, etc., and met a lot of fellow reporters. Some of them are jerks. But most got into the business because they are compassionate people. I saw the report mentioned in your blog. It was heartwrenching and brought tears to my eyes. I'd like to think that more reporters are like her than the stereotypical image of reporters (or lawyers or ministers or, you name it...) Thanks, Bobby Ross, managing editor, The Christian Chronicle

    By Blogger BR-549, at 8/31/2005 09:02:00 AM  

  • Has the clip of the interview of the man who lost his wife made it online yet?

    By Blogger jch, at 8/31/2005 09:18:00 AM  

  • Joe - I don't know. Anyone else seen it? I saw it a couple times on CNN.

    Bobby - great piece. Let me encourage others to take the time to check out the Chronicle link. Thanks. Keep it up!

    To Highland members - I believe that by Sunday the leaders will have a plan to allow us to respond as a congregation. Please be prayerful about that.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/31/2005 09:30:00 AM  

  • http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/30/katrina.people/index.html -- There is a link here to the interview.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/31/2005 09:37:00 AM  

  • It is maddening to see some people inject politics into this. Some weenie on CNN was criticizing President Bush for not coming back from his vacation quick enough (how long until someone on CNN or MSNBC blames the president for the hurricane?!?).

    I am confident that the assistance, recovery and rebuilding efforts will once again show America's greatness to the rest of the world.

    Please keep us posted as to how we can help and where we can send assistance.

    By Blogger Lucinda Ross, at 8/31/2005 09:41:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Dee's entry today expresses well the issues at hand. Half of this state is in real trouble. No power, no water, no gasoline, no medicine..... they are not letting anyone south of I-20 which runs across the middle of the state. I will probably be two weeks until relief (other than Red Cross is allowed in). Oh, I just saw that you made a comment about Dee's blog entry. She is headed your way.

    I saw that interview last night. Who wouldn't cry.

    By Blogger TCS, at 8/31/2005 09:47:00 AM  

  • There was another reporter who I heard last night talking about the night sounds and was crying also. She said it was horrific to hear the animals howling and people screaming for help, probably those stuck in the their attics. It was very heart wrentching.

    We are trying to help in our own way here, about 4 hours west of New Orleans in Texas. We have so many "refugees" and it is even hard for us to know what to do to help. New Orleans may never get back to what it was!

    By Blogger pegc, at 8/31/2005 09:57:00 AM  

  • Does anyone ever notice that in most of our hymn books, and especially in the age of praise, that there is little songs of lament. One thing we as Christians need to do is lament, complain to God why this has happened, complain why tragedy must occur and why it seems that those who have the least are the ones suffering the most. As we lament, we then can, as Israel did in their Psalms of lament, hope and anticipate the redemption of God once again from this great, great tragedy. ...And maybe our prayers of lament will also move us to help in what ever means become available to us. God bless!

    By Blogger K. Rex Butts, at 8/31/2005 10:25:00 AM  

  • Mike...AMEN! I've seen the same clip of the tearful reporter and I want to see more of her!!! Same with Robin Roberts who was on-location when Charlie Gibson asked if her family (who lives in the devastated area) was okay. She broke down and couldn't even speak. I appreciate reporters who can show that they being a human comes before being a journalist.

    By Blogger Jana, at 8/31/2005 10:26:00 AM  

  • Uncle Mike,
    I saw a news report Sunday morning on Fox that I thought you might think was funny, dad did. The reporting was interviewing some local just out on the street, and asked how he was coping with the devastation. The man replied, "well, I didn't think that there would be a tragedy this big since the Titanic sank in 1969." I thought it might make light to the situation. ;) Love ya.

    By Blogger Crista, at 8/31/2005 10:50:00 AM  

  • I first saw the female reporter who started crying talking to the man whose wife was swept away as their house split in half yesterday afternoon. Later, around dinner time, I looked again and they started replaying that clip. I hate to admit it, but I'm such a wimp that I couldn't watch it again! I don't know what kind of person wouldn't be deeply moved emotionally by that man's plea... reporter or not. Who was that reporter?

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 8/31/2005 11:53:00 AM  

  • My dear Crista: Tell your dad to quit watching Fox and turn on real news (CNN). :) Uncle Mike

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/31/2005 12:01:00 PM  

  • (This is an email from our daughter in law that I thought said alot about the situation in New Orleans.)
    Rae Howell, whose in-laws go to church with my parents at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, is a registered nurse at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. She was not able to evacuate because she had to work. Her husband and twin children were able to evacuate. Anyway, she and hundreds of employees and patients are trapped inside the medical center with no electricity and very little food. Rae has actually given up her own meals, which consist of beans and fruit, to the children. There are over 100 pediatric patients still left in the hospital. Patients that were on ventilators are having to be bagged manually, which can be exhausting for the nurses to do. Also, the first few floors of the hospital are flooded, so the staff had to move the patients to higher floors. The National Guard/Coast Guard attempted to start evacuating these people when gang members began to open fire on the rescue helicopters. These gang members have supposedly looted and stolen these weapons. These same gang members are also trying to break in to the hospital. Because of the shooting, the rescuers are not able to evacuate the patients and staff trapped in Tulane Medical Center. Patients, especially the pediatric patients, are going to die if they cannot be evacuated. They are going to run out of food, and they are already out of supplies.

    Please pray for this situation. What is happening in New Orleans is so much worse than what can be described on the news. If anyone wants to donate to a relief organization, please visit the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ website: www.wfrchurch.org. There is a link on the home page for the Relief Ministry. The White's Ferry Road Relief Ministry has done wonderful things over the years for people that have been victimized by hurricanes and other disasters.

    By Blogger Mimi, at 8/31/2005 12:11:00 PM  

  • Two babies have been born here in Baytown to evacuees from Louisiana. One of them is named -- you guessed it -- Katrina. The story is here: http://www.baytownsun.com/story.lasso?wcd=22699

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 8/31/2005 12:28:00 PM  

  • of some good news. Dee Andrews son Mark posted to her blog a few minutes ago. He and family are OK. Dee's husband Tom is also well. A little glimpse of sunshine in a bleak day.

    By Blogger TCS, at 8/31/2005 01:03:00 PM  

  • The CNN reporter also doing a very fine, and emotional, job on site as mentioned earlier is Jean Meserv

    By Blogger KentF, at 8/31/2005 01:06:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Danny Mercer, at 8/31/2005 01:36:00 PM  

  • Mike--I KNEW you were going to write about her. I felt the same way. The opposite of her is the idiot who kept going to that mail box or whatever it was and then fell on his face getting back. GO INSIDE!

    Here in Nashville we have many people who've come to avoid the flooding. Local hotels are full of them. One thing Nashville churches can do is reach out to these folks. While they may be in hotels and not refugee camps, they're still homeless and desperate.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 8/31/2005 01:42:00 PM  

  • Here is a link to the interview of the man who lost his wife. The video link is on this page. This interview, more than any other, has captured the reality of the situation.

    Danny Mercer


    By Blogger Danny Mercer, at 8/31/2005 01:44:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    I enjoyed your thoughts. We seem quite a distance here in Portland, OR but the news keeps us informed. I always wonder why people evacuate the city except relief workers and reporters. Wouldn't the relief workers, police, and National Guard do a better job of reporting, since they are supposed to be in the thick of things.
    In Christ,
    Ron Clark
    Metro Church of Christ

    By Blogger KMiV, at 8/31/2005 02:37:00 PM  

  • Many know Virgil Fry of Lifeline Chaplaincy in Houston Medical Center. Here is their call for help.

    Like many other relief agencies Lifeline Chaplaincy is receiving requests for assistance for refugees from New Orleans. More specifically Lifeline is being inundated with appeals from Houston's Texas Medical Center Social Workers for specific assistance (particularly hotel stays, parking and meals) for more than 200 seriously ill patients being transferred (many are being Life Flighted) from New Orleans to Texas Medical Center hospitals (Texas Children's, Methodist, Hermann, etc).

    It will take more than $40,000 just to meet the requests we have received thus far, and we expect to receive more requests as the days go by. Our funds are not sufficient to respond to these tremendous needs, but emergency needs like this don't provide the luxury of time to launch a fund-raising campaign. We are committed to doing all we can to respond generously to these urgent requests for housing and other needs.

    So we are asking you to please send immediate financial assistance. We assure you that our Compassionate Touch program is uniquely qualified to meet the specific needs of these patients and their destitute families. We are accustomed to dealing with these needs, although usually on a more measured basis. We assure you that your funds will go directly to those in greatest need, those being brought to Houston with no other place to go, and those with no homes to return to anytime soon.

    Funds should be sent to:

    Lifeline Chaplaincy

    1415 Southmore Blvd.

    Houston, TX 77004

    or you may donate through our website @ www.lifelinechaplaincy.org (look for the Make A Donation link).

    If you wish to speak to us directly, please call Rosa Winfrey, Director of Compassionate Touch, Dr. Carson Stephens, or Dr. Virgil Fry @ 713.524.1055 or toll-free 888.767.6363.

    Lifeline Chaplaincy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

    May the Lord bless us all as we reach out to our brothers and sisters in dire straights.

    By Blogger Cathy Messecar, at 8/31/2005 04:26:00 PM  

  • I'm gonna have to agree with your comment to your niece, Mike...definitely turn off Fox and change it to CNN!

    So I'm a little biased...yes, I work for CNN. But I watched them long before I ever went to work there.

    Normally we see all kinds of these stories and we are strongly encouraged more and more to seek out the ones that really show the human impact, like the one you saw of the reporter interviewing the man who lost his wife. The news execs do realize that those are the stories that viewers talk about more and want to see...and that the people and pictures simply tell the story better than any "talking head" can.

    Although, and I couldn't put this any better, I have to agree with a guy I heard on the radio the other day..."it's just not a hurricane without Anderson Cooper whipping around in the wind like a baby kitten in a clothes dryer"!!!

    OH, and the reporter who started getting emotional during her live shot (it was actually on the phone), talking about hearing people screaming for help...Jeanne Meserve. She is truly a class act.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 8/31/2005 07:49:00 PM  

  • Nashville has a Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Center that sends all sorts of supplies to anywhere in the country that experiences a disaster. Their website is www.disasterreliefeffort.org/

    By Blogger Mae, at 8/31/2005 07:55:00 PM  

  • CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX? Nah, you're not going to get real news from any MainStream Media outlet.

    Go to the Bloggers!

    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 9/01/2005 05:50:00 AM  

  • Please see my comment in post above, too. Our congregation, Meadowbrook CoC in Jackson, Mississippi, is one of the southernmost churches with power and capacity to help. We're gearing up to be a distribution point for supplies, money and people. Please check in for updates and advisories at www.meadowbrook.org.

    Jeff Baker

    By Blogger JRB, at 9/01/2005 12:34:00 PM  

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