On Thursday I was able to lead a group to do recovery work in Independence, LA. We worked on two homes removing flooring, removing base boards, pulling nails, removing moldy items, etc. The homeowners were so grateful to have extra help during the week. Families are continuing to work to get their homes back to normal, but it is a long process and any extra hands are a welcome. We would love for you to go on a trip with us. I am leading a group each Thursday in partnership with the New Orleans Baptist Association. If you would like to go just send me an email at . If you would like to go another day you can let me know and I will get you connected with a group.
We are also partnering with FBC Denham Springs to help get their preschool up and running. They have an amazon wish list where you can purchase items that they need and send them directly to their facility. You can follow the link below to help them get the items they need to reopen.
I was again encouraged by being with people who are positive despite the fact that their life is a growing pile on the curb. They are resilient and encouraging. You can be a part of the beauty in Baton Rouge. We will continue to take trips to clean homes, and we also have a group who will work in a food distribution center. I hope that you can be involved.
FBNO has a team in Baton Rouge as I am writing this and two other teams that will be there on Saturday and Monday. If you are looking for a way to help we can put you to work. We are continuing to partner with Baton Rouge area churches who are on the ground and are able to most effectively coordinate the work. Please continue to Pray, Give, and Go to the need in Baton Rouge.
FBNO teams volunteering for the cleanup effort in Baton Rouge are serving referrals from churches and agencies in the Baton Rouge area. Because we are not on the ground every day, and we want people to be served as quickly as possible, we are not currently handling referrals for projects. If you or friends or family members are in need of assistance in mudding out your home, we encourage you to fill out applications for assistance through one or more of the following organizations:
Greenwell Springs Baptist Church
19421 Greenwell Springs Road
Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
Homeowner Phone: 985-402-4350
Fill out an application on each site. If you don’t receive help in the next few days, please contact us and we will try to help facilitate a response.
Thank you for your patience. Our strategy continues to change as we have more volunteers and become more aware of ways that we can help. Keep updated by following us on Facebook (firstbaptistneworleans) or twitter (@fbnola) -- or by checking for updates to our disaster relief update blog at fbno.org/disaster-relief-updates
When you do receive help through one of these organizations, please contact the other agencies to remove your name from their lists. Doing so will help prevent a bottleneck of services for other residents.
FBNO teams took 16 people to Baton Rouge on Saturday, and another 12 people today. The needs are great, and the blessing is huge for those who go. Many of our people are serving on their own -- helping friends and family, or connecting with other groups who are going. Let's all keep looking for ways that we can pray, give and go to express our faith in love to our neighbors to the north!
Here are a few pictures from Saturday and today!
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