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Natural Disaster in Louisiana:
member churches and their congregants were greatly affected by
the recent flooding in Louisiana, Greater New Guide Baptist
Church in Baton Rouge, LA and Shady Grove First Missionary
Baptist Church in Baker, LA. The Shady Grove Missionary Baptist
Church was completely destroyed from over 22 inches of water.
ABCOTS Executive Minister Dr. James M. Harrison has been working
with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) in getting
Emergency Disaster relief grants and donation to the affected
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/30/16)—In
response to recent natural disasters in Louisiana and Indiana,
American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Disaster Relief
Office has distributed Emergency Disaster-relief grants from
American Baptist Churches USA’s One Great Hour of Sharing funds.
More specifically, $10,000 was released to American Baptist
Churches of the South (ABCOTS) in response to torrential rain
and flooding in the Baton Rouge, LA., area.....American
Baptists respond to Louisiana flooding
Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, Baker, and Greater
New Guide Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, are ministering to their
own displaced congregants as well as to other families. Shady
Grove’s congregation has been unable to meet in the church since
the flood occurred, according to the Rev. James M. Harrison,
executive minister of ABCOTS, because the building’s interior
sustained damage from 22 inches of water, and burial vaults from
a nearby cemetery were observed floating on church property.
Greater New Guide’s congregation has resumed meeting in its
church building after missing one Sunday because of receding
flood waters, Harrison reports. An estimated 40 families are
seeking immediate housing, he says, and some may need to be
housed out of state.
How you can help
Both Louisiana churches have requested monetary
donations to meet housing needs, as it remains undetermined as
to when families will be permitted to return to homes. In
addition, damage to many personal vehicles indicates a need for
assistance with transportation costs.
designated to “One Great Hour of Sharing/Southern floods/Storms”
and/or to “One Great Hour of Sharing/Indiana/Kentucky tornado”
can be mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American
Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA,
19482-0851. One hundred percent
of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for
administrative costs. For more information, contact
Wilkins at 1-800-222-3872, x2413, or
Calendar of Giving
American Baptists have always been a people of mission; mission is in our DNA.
Our United Mission (UM) contributions give concrete expression to this impulse
and help us to be the hands and feet of Christ – from the local congregation to
all parts of the world.It is through UM, our one family offering,
that each giver is able to participate in the total ministry of our American Baptist family.