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!
We will be taking two more groups to Baton Rouge this week. One on Thursday and another on Saturday - both leaving at 7:45 am from the church. If you would like to join these teams, please register even if you were on a previous team, so that we can keep track of who is going.
Read the instructions in the first blog to know what to wear and bring! We are primarily mudding out, but we also have opportunities to help organize donations coming into local churches in the Baton Rouge area.
The flood events of the last few days have taken our church family back to the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina. Many have expressed the heartfelt desire to return the favor of those days to our neighbors - and help them in their time of crisis. Our plan is evolving as we learn more, but for now, here are some ways that you can gather to go to the need!
Mudding out homes and cleanup
Serving in distribution centers or delivering food.
Opportunities to deploy with a team from New Orleans include:
FBNO Teams deploying from the church, 5290 Canal Blvd, at various times over the next few weeks - meeting at 7:45 am, and returning the same afternoon/evening. Register here to go with an FBNO team. Teams are currently scheduled to go as follows:
Saturday, August 27
New Orleans Baptist Association (NOBA) Teams deploying daily from the NOBA Office, 2222 Lakeshore Drive - leaving at 8:00 am, and returning the same afternoon/evening. Areas of service are similar to those at FBNO. Register here to go with a NOBA Team.
Here is a list for what to wear and what to bring:
NOBA is a donation center, receiving bottled water and nonperishable food items are immediately edible -- many people do not have cooking capacity, so this is not a canned food drive. FBNO members may bring their NOBA donations to the FBNO lobby, to be delivered to NOBA. Please do not drop off any items not on the NOBA or FBNO lists at the church. WE ARE NOT PROCESSING CLOTHING DONATIONS!
FBNO is receiving donations of bottled water (12 oz and 1 gal. preferred) for our teams to use and distribute at their sites.
If you would like to give through FBNO: Checks made out to FBNO should be designated “Disaster Relief” in the memo line. To give online, place your giving amount in the line marked "BRLA Disaster Relief.” For now, we are funding our efforts through The Care Effect, so any donations we receive will be forwarded to the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge.
Trust: Pray for organization in the midst of the chaos, and that people would trust the systems in place to meet the multitude of needs.
Peace: Anxious people are sheltering together in homes and public shelters. Pray for a peace that passes understanding to prevail.
Strength: The ministers meeting the needs of their congregations have also lost their own homes. Pray for God to strengthen their arms and that they would not grow weary.
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