DALLAS -- Members of Ideal Family Church in Oak Cliff are packing up and preparing to hit the road.
About 12 members are accompanying Bishop Ray Campbell on a mission trip to help flood victims.
Bishop Campbell discussed the mission with listeners on his daily radio show on KGGR 1040-AM.
"Now, you know, we are going into an area where FEMA is not going to be supporting that area," Campbell said. "They are basically on their own.”
The longtime bishop and his team are leaving the Dallas area early Thursday morning. They are heading to some of the hardest-hit flooded communities in Louisiana and Mississippi. The group says it will be serving families who have been displaced from their homes.
The group says the most critical need right now is housing. They say their contacts in the area are reporting shelters are shutting down and families are being moved to different cities.
“Houses was floating down the highway," Campbell said. "Some of the graves was washed up and coffins was in the streets.”
The mission trip was planned at the last minute.
Donations from radio listeners, churches, and community members are rolling in. The bishop says the funds are being used to provide gift cards to help flood victims with their immediate needs.
"We’re not going to send this down to the mayor. We’re not going to send it down to the organizations," Campbell said. "We are going to place this in the hands of the people who need it.”
The mission team says it plans to spend a majority of its time helping families in Crosby, Miss. The group will be offering spiritual, social, and emotional support to the flood victims.
It's a service they have done before.
"These people are living beneath the poverty line," Sheila Campbell said, "and my heart just goes out to them.”
Bishop Campbell and the mission team are planning to leave 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. They say this trip is about the Greater-Dallas community helping neighbors in need.
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