HELPLESS IN ARKANSAS…
“They say, ‘if you love somebody, you’ll beg, borrow, or steal for them! Well I did everything but steal,” cries Amber Wheeler. “And I wasn’t above…begging!” She’s a daughter of Lee and Roberta Ostten, who pastor the Lockhart Road Baptist Church in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
She may have lived in the next state north, but Amber grew up in that Louisiana church that now served as an island of mercy in the middle of a horrific flood. She knew well all the people who were presently helping over a thousand flood refugees huddled in the sanctuary and fellowship hall of the Baptist church. And she felt completely helpless.
“Here I was, lying in my warm bed, and people I love were in distress…I felt so guilty!” But what can one woman do? A lot, as it turns out. She and many friends from her Bergman, Arkansas, church spread the word and helped their own rural community find their heart. And once they did, they created a small flood of their own – and sent a torrent of love and care toward a small Louisiana parish 8 hours south of them.