We received this letter and update from our friend Jelena in Serbia ~
International Christian Fellowship would like to thank you so much for your prayers and support and for forwarding our prayer request to as many people, churches and organizations as possible all over the world:-). In this critical time for Serbia, but also for the Balkans, we do need each and every single prayer as we are still fighting the floods.
We would like to update you on the latest developments and how you can continue to pray:-). From the time of our previous letter, the number of evacuated unfortunately rose to 24.352 people and will increase in the days to come. Serbia is yet to count casualties as the water still hasn't receded from many areas and several towns and villages were completely cut off from civilization until yesterday and were left without water and electricity. The water level rose to 6 meters in downtown areas of many towns and villages. Thirty percent of agricultural area of Serbia is completely devastated, more may be at risk and some projections say it would take 5 years to restore only that. 50% of all roads have been under water or severely damaged. Dozens of people are missing. Thousands are still at immediate danger and need of evacuation and emergency support and supplies. Hundreds of thousands are affected. Food shortages, economic crisis and disease are looming. The damage on objects is yet to be estimated, but it is obvious now it would millions of euros. For a country like Serbia which already went through the devastation in 1990s, this is a very serious blow to the economy and agriculture. Some meteorological statistics say that this kind of rainfall happens once in 1000 years.
The situation is extremely difficult, but we have God on our side and believe He is the only one who is able to produce good results out of this horrible situation. And take glory for everything:-). So let us start with praises at what God has done so far:
At the end,we want to thank you again for your immense support. Please, share this with everyone you know as we are starting a process of rebuilding this country which will take months, in some aspects, years and we need your help.
At the following links, you can see today's reports by CNN and BBC:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27459184
May God bless you,