CBF Disaster Response requests supplies, gifts and prepares for response following Louisiana flooding

Update: Monday, August 22 from CBF Kentucky : the needs/and requests have changed since the press release (below). Here's the scoop:
1) They need money. Give online, or mail a check payable to “CBF” with Acct. 17006 in the memo line to:Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, P.O. Box 102972, Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
2) They need teams to "muck out" homes of roughly 40 mostly elderly families of Broadmoor Baptist. Teams will stay at the church and utilize the shower trailers of CBF Arkansas. If someone is willing to head up a CBF/KY team, please let me know. 
3) They need chaplains/pastoral counselors for the families affected.

Our response so far:

  • A team from Highland Baptist in Louisville will be leaving August 23 to work out of Broadmoor
  • The tool trailer from First Baptist Middlesboro will be going with them

Thanks to Highland and FBC Middlesboro for your prompt response to this crisis!

 

August 16, 2016

By Aaron Weaver

DECATUR, Ga. – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced Tuesday that a partner congregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is requesting supplies as well as preparing to receive volunteer teams following devastating flooding in southern Louisiana.

CBF U.S. Disaster Response Coordinator Alan Williams said in an update Tuesday that CBF-partner Broadmoor Baptist Church in Baton Rouge is requesting supplies, including diapers in various sizes, feminine hygiene products, toiletries as well as water for individuals staying in shelters. Williams requested that churches gather these supplies and noted that updates will be forthcoming on where to send and deliver the items. CBF is working in partnership with CBF churches in the region as well as CBF of Louisiana and CBF of Mississippi to make evaluations, assess needs and determine ways to provide aid.

Williams also emphasized that volunteer teams will be needed as soon as permission is received to enter the affected areas and begin work. CBF Disaster Response is currently in the process of identifying host churches and will soon provide contact addresses and numbers for volunteer teams to call.

Additionally, a CBF partner congregation in Central Texas has created a matching fund to support flood victims in Louisiana. The First Baptist Church of Austin announced Tuesday that the church will match all donations up to $10,000 and that monies raised will be given to CBF of Louisiana, which will oversee the distribution of these gifts. CBF of Louisiana is led by transitional coordinator Mike Massar, who serves as pastor of University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

“This event is especially close to our hearts because our new senior pastor, Dr. Griff Martin, recently moved from University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, and we have members in our congregation who are from some of the hardest hit areas,” FBC Austin said in a statement.

To provide monetary support for CBF’s relief efforts in Louisiana, give online here, or you may mail a check payable to “CBF” with Acct. 17006 in the memo line to:

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
P.O. Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972

For additional information, contact Alan Williams at alan.williams@cbf.net.