This image provided by Marlene Abner Stokely shows flooding by the Buckhorn Log Cathedral, Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Buckhorn, Ky. Heavy rains have caused flash flooding and mudslides as storms pound parts of central Appalachia. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says it's some of the worst flooding in state history.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Leaders of the Kentucky Baptist Convention are asking all Kentucky Baptists to pray for those affected by the devastating flooding in the eastern part of the state.

“Please join us in praying for the folks in far eastern Kentucky as they are experiencing historic flooding,” said Todd Gray, KBC executive director-treasurer. “Please pray that the water would go down and the rain that has been forecast would pass them by.”

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a statewide emergency as well as local states of emergency in Floyd, Breathitt, Clay, Owsley, Letcher and Pike counties. Beshear confirms at least three people have lost their lives.

“I’ve been saddened to see the pictures and hear from a few friends in eastern Kentucky who have been affected by the flooding in that area,” said KBC President Harold Best. “We are praying now and will be ready to offer assistance as soon as the needs are assessed.”

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Director Ron Crow said crews are on alert, but the rain needs to stop before they can go in to provide help.

“I want to ask all believers in Jesus to be praying that the Lord would be merciful to our area and hold back the rains or direct them somewhere that hasn’t had rain,” said Tommy Reed, pastor of Fitzpatrick Baptist Church in Prestonsburg in a Facebook post. “I also want to ask you to please check on your neighbors, on your family. Reach out to people in our community.”

“Pray for those who have suffered loss, for the first responders, and for those who will come into our state to assist with the flooding cleanup,” said Gray. “Kentucky Baptists stand ready to offer whatever assistance we can.”

“This is another tremendous opportunity to show the love of Christ to those who are devastated and hurting,” said Best.

You may contribute to Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Efforts here.