Disaster Relief

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Contact Disaster Relief: 877-487-4658
Livingston Help Line: 318-541-1398

WHERE and HOW You Can Request Assistance

Due to the scope of the flooding event in south Louisiana, there have been various emails and social media posts communicating conflicting information regarding WHERE and HOW to request clean up assistance.

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The first place you should begin is LouisianaBaptists.org. Click on the red disaster relief band across the top of the page. It will take you to a web page containing information, required forms, local relief centers, needed supplies, volunteer training and more.

If you prefer to call, the number is 877-487-4658.

You must complete the required forms to receive assistance. Please download the forms from the website (LouisianaBaptists.org) and take them to a relief center near you. You can also complete the forms at the relief centers.

Once the center receives and reviews your form, someone will contact you regarding your request.

There is no charge for our assistance, but understand the completed form is not a guarantee of services.

Typically a clean-out team will remove the damaged sheetrock/paneling and insulation and spray for mold.

We apologize for any miscommunication you may have received and we look forward to assisting you as quickly as we can.

We also hope to have the opportunity to pray with you and your family during your recovery process.

Looking for a form? Find them here.

Liability Release Form  •  Property Owner Request for Assistance Form

SEND Relief Cargo Trailers

> Updated Wed., Sept. 13, 9:37AM

NAMB is offering a new way for your church or ministry to lend a hand during disasters. You can purchase a SEND Relief cargo trailer.

Trainings Available

> Updated Wed., Sept. 13, 9:30AM

Sept. 23-24, 2016
Friday: 6:30pm-9:30pm and Saturday: 8:00am-3:00pm

Sept. 24, 2016
Blue Hat, Child Care, Shower/Laundry, Mud Out, Assessment, Chain Saw, Feeding

Schedule for Saturday:
8:00-8:45 – Registration
9:00-9:30 – Basic Training
9:30-12:00 – Session One
12:30-3:00 – Session Two

See the Impact

> Updated Tues., Sept. 20, 11:53AM

Recovery by the Numbers

> Updated Tues., August 30, 2:04PM

  • 18,000 meals per day being prepped by Oklahoma Baptists at Istrouma Baptist Church.
  • 7,000 meals per day being prepped by Missouri Baptists at Walker Baptist Church.
  • Another 10,000 or so by Mississippi Baptists in Hammond & Texas Baptists in Lafayette.
  • 955 Assessed projects. Mudout Teams needed.
  • Need spray teams to come in & just spray houses for mold. Sprayers & mold killer provided.
  • 117 Volunteers from Florida – 10 mud out teams – on the ground. Keeping their eye on the gulf.
  • 4,400 volunteers on mission
  • Over 251,000 meals have been prepared (and counting)
  • Over 400 jobs have been completed (and counting)

FEMA: Scam Alert

> Updated Fri., August 26, 4:35PM

FEMA warns of ‘Mold Free Certificates of Occupancy’ scam

Needs: South Louisiana

> Updated Thurs., August 25, 9:56PM

“What can I send to south Louisiana?”

Here’s an up to date list of needs straight from pastors:

–  Fans
–  Mold Killer (like Shockwave)
–  Masks
–  Heavy rubber gloves
–  Squeegees
–  Shovels
–  Wheel barrels
–  Pump up sprayers
–  Work gloves
–  Back pack sprayers
–  Gatorade
–  Water

Needs: Lafayette Command Center at The Bayou Church

> Updated Mon., August 22, 10:24AM

Item – Quantity Needed
Neoprene gloves – 360
Heavy-duty trash bags – 3,800
N-95 Masks with blower – 1,000
Shockwave – 20
Roll plastic/visuine (12-20ft wide) – 10 rolls
Pressure washer – 1
Shop vacs – 3
Utility knives – 30
Utility blades – 500
Chalk reels – 4
Flatbars – 5
Hammers – 5
Goggles/ safety glasses – 100
Sprayers – 5
Water – 50 cases
Gatorade (16.9 oz) – 10 cases

More volunteers would be a great help!

PDF: House Gutting Following Flooding

> Updated Sat., August 20, 10:50AM


Click the button below to view/downoad a helpful and informative guide for gutting your house following a flood. Guide courtesy of Emily Danielson.

Churches Affected by Flooding

> Updated Tues., August 23, 4:29PM


Along with the houses underwater, there are 60+ Baptist churches flooded as well. For the church members who see the buildings where their lives have been shaped, the devastation is palpable. Let’s pray for churches and their pastors as they clean up and restore their facilities while also ministering to their hurting community.

Amite Baptist, Watson (Denham Springs)
Bethel, Franklinton
Blood River, Albany
Carroll Baptist, Carroll
Church of Life, Baton Rouge
Comite, Baton Rouge
Community Church Springfield
Cross Creek Cowboy Church, Zachary
Crossgate First Baptist, Robert
Don Avenue, Denham Springs
Eastside, Zachary
Ebenezer, Hammond
Emmanuel, Denham Springs
Enon, Franklinton
Faith, Baker
Fellowship, Central
First, Baker
First, Broussard
First, Denham Springs
First, Eunice
First, French Settlement
First, Head of Island
First, Holden
First, Kaplan (parsonage)
First, Lake Arthur
First, Lydia
First, Zachary
French Corner, Ponchatoula
Friendship, Central
Grace Point Church, Simmesport
Gray’s Creek, Denham Springs
Greenwell Springs, Greenwell Springs
Hebron, Denham Springs
Highland, New Iberia
Hillsdale Baptist, Amite
Hillside, Albany
Hope Center, Roseland

House of Prayer, Baton Rouge
Immanuel, Baton Rouge
Indian Mound, Greenwell Springs
Korean Church, Lafayette
Lake Martin, Ascension
Lanier, Baton Rouge
Lifepoint, Simmsport
Macedonia, Holden
Magnolia, Holden
Milldale, Zachary
Mt. Calvary, Independence
Mt. Nebo, Roseland
New Bethlehem, Watson
New Covenant, Denham Springs
New Hope, Independence
New River, St. Amant
North Highland Community Church, Baton Rouge
Northside, Denham Springs
Old Zion Hill, Tickfaw
One Life, Walker
Park Forest Baton Rouge
Red Oak, Livingston
Redeemer, Baton Rouge
River of Life, Port Vincent
River Road, Hammond
Riverbend, Baton Rouge
Sherwood, Baton Rouge
Southside, Denham Springs
Stevendale, Baton Rouge
The Way, Livingston
Trinity, Eunice
Trinity, Pumpkin Center
Vietnamese Hope, Baton Rouge
Walker Community, Walker
Woodland, Springfield
Zoar, Baton Rouge
There are 3 additional churches flooded in the Carey association.

Supply Donation Drop-Off Locations

> Updated Thurs., August 18, 2:31PM


If you have supplies you would like to donate to the flood victims, bring them to one of these locations:

Shreveport Area

Woodridge, Shreveport

Address: 850 E. Bert Kouns
Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Phone:  318-861-3519
Contact: Jennifer

First Baptist, Haughton

Address: 105 E. Washington Ave., Haughton
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: 318-949-2441
Contact: Mark Hagerhjelm
Instructions: Deliver to Family Center

First Baptist, Minden

Address: 301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 318-377-4435
Contact: Marva Joslin

Rolling Hills Thrift Store

Address: 2695 E. Texas St., Bossier City
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone:  318-251-0065
Contact: John Cowling

North Central

First Baptist, Winnfield

Address: 201 E. Court St., Winnfield
Hours: M – Th 8:00 AM-4:30 / Fri – 8:00 AM – 12:00 / Mon (8/22) – 8:00 AM– 4:30 PM
Phone:  318-628-3544
Contact: Katrisha

Rolling Hills Thrift Store

Address: 3487 Hwy 33, Ruston
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone:  318-251-0065
Contact: John Cowling

Rolling Hills Thrift Store

Address: 700 Factory Outlet Dr. #101, Arcadia
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone:  318-251-0065
Contact: John Cowling

East Central

Baptist Mission Center

Address: 280 Taylor, Winnsboro
Hours: M-Th 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Phone: 318-235-8085
Contact: Eddie Rhymes

Ouachita Association Office, Jonesville

Address: 100 Mound St., Jonesville
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM- Noon
Phone: 318-339-9974
Contact: Craig James

Southwest

First Baptist, Deridder

Address: 2030 Hwy 171, Deridder
Hours: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Phone: 337.463.9047
Contact: Receptionist

Trinity Baptist, Lake Charles

Address: 1800 Country Club Dr., Lake Charles
Hours: 8:30 AM -5:00 PM; Deliver to Main Office
Phone: 337.480.1555
Contact: Janice Perez

Northeast

First Baptist, Ruston

Address: 200 Trenton St., Ruston
Hours: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Phone:  318-255-4628
Contact: Clayton Owen
Instructions: TX Street Entrance

Cedar Crest Baptist, W. Monroe

Address: 3245 Arkansas Rd., W. Monroe
Hours: M-TH 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Phone: 318-396-4953
Contact: Barry Blanton
Instructions: Deliver to Church Office

First West Thrift Store

Address: 1 Stella/Mills St., W. Monroe
Hours: 24 Hour Drop-Off
Phone: 318-410-0999
Contact: Philip Thigpen

First Baptist, Swartz

Address: 1983 Hwy 139
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone: 318-343-0287
Contact: Shana Eckhardt

First Baptist, Rayville

Address: 1306 Louisa St., Rayville
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: 318-728-3231
Contact: Beth

Bumper to Bumper

Address: 1502 4th Street, Jonesville
Hours: M-F 7 AM- 5 PM

Ridgecrest Baptist, Ferriday

Address: 502 Ferriday Dr., Ridgecrest
Hours: M-Th 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Phone: 318-757-4076
Contact: Peggy Barron

Central

Kingsville Baptist, Ball

Address: 3911 Monroe Hwy, Ball
Hours: M-F 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Phone:  318-640-1019
Contact: Glenda

East Jena Baptist, Jena

Address: 1220 Pepper, Jena
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Phone: 318-992-4460
Contact: Crystal Willis
Instructions: Deliver to Parsonage

Standard Baptist, Olla

Address: 279 Standard Church Rd
Hours: M-F: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phone: 318-374-0235
Contact: Shad Tibbs
Instructions: Deliver to Old Sanctuary

District Eight Mission Office

Address: 143 Taylor Rd., Natchitoches
Hours: M-F 9 AM – Noon; 2-5 PM (Closed Aug. 29-31)
Phone: 318-352-4090
Contact: Lori Thompson

Family of Grace, Alexandria (South Campus)

Address: 4200 S. MacArthur Dr.
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: 318.443.1400
Contact: Jeannie

Volunteer Training (Mudout & Assessment)

> Updated Wed., Sept. 7, 10:30AM

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Volunteer Assessment Training

DateLocationTimeLeaderContact
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Volunteer Mudout Training

DateLocationTimeLeaderContact
These trainings have passed

Find Help Near You

> Updated Wed., August 24, 3:44PM


Where can you find help?

Below are churches across south Louisiana where you or your family members may find assistance. The assistance available depends upon the location.

The Bayou, Lafayette
2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
— Shower, Laundy, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms), Distributing Goods

Bethel, Livingston
20149 Circle Drive, Livingston, LA 70754
— Feeding, Shower

Bethlehem, Albany
29350 S Montipelier, Albany, LA 70711
— Feeding, Distributing Goods

Christ Community, Denham Springs
26574 Juban Road, Denham Springs, LA 70726
— Distributing Goods

Church of Life Fellowship, Baton Rouge
6066 Evangeline St, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
— Water, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

Community Bible, Baton Rouge
1729 Monte Sano Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
— Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

Colyell, Livingston
19524 LA Highway 42, Livingston, LA 70754
— Distributing Goods, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

Fellowship, Prairieville
14363 Highway 73, Prairieville, LA 70769
— Distributing Goods, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

First, Addis
6781 Hwy 1 South, Addis, LA 70710
— Distributing Goods, Feeding

First Crossgate, Robert
22494 Hwy 190, Robert, LA 70455
— Distributing Goods, Mudout (receiving forms)

First, Jennings
1001 Cary Ave, Jennings, LA 70546
— Shower, Laundry, Feeding, Muout (receiving forms)

First, Livingston
29401 S Frost Rd Livingston, LA 70754

First, New Roads
824 W Main Street, New Roads, LA 70760
— Shower, Laundry

First, Ponchatoula
325 E Pine St., Ponchatoula, LA 70454
— Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

First, Zachary
4200 Main St, Zachary, LA 70791
— Feeding

Istrouma, Baton Rouge
10500 Sam Rushing Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
— Shower, Laundry, Distributing Goods, Mudout (receiving forms)

Jefferson Baptist, Baton Rouge
9135 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
— Distributing Goods, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

Judson Baptist Church, Walker
32470 Walker Rd N, Walker, LA 70785

The Lord’s Church, Kentwood
1936 Highway 440, Kentwood, LA 70444
— Shower

New Covenant, Denham Springs
215 Florida Ave SE, Denham Springs, LA 70726
— Mudout (receiving forms), Distributing Goods

Old Zion Hill, Albany
25844 Hwy 442, Independence, LA 70443
— Distributing Goods, Mudout (receiving forms)

Satsuma, Livingston
29896 S Satsuma Road, Livingston, LA 70754
— Distributing Goods

Walker Baptist, Walker
10696 Florida Blvd., Walker, LA 70785
— Feeding (receiving forms)

Woodland Park, Hammond
1909 J W Davis Dr., Hammond, LA 70406
— Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms)

Woodlawn, Baton Rouge
5805 Jones Creek, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
— Feeding

Zoar, Baton Rouge
11848 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818
— Shower, Distributing Goods, Mudout (receiving forms), Feeding

Property Owner Assistance

> Updated Tues., August 16, 4:31PM


Need Assistance?

If you’ve been affected by the recent flooding in southern Louisiana and need assistance, please complete and return the Property Owner Approval form to one of the command centers listed below.


First, Livingston
29401 S Frost Rd
Livingston, LA 70754

The Bayou Church, Lafayette 
2234 Kaliste Saloom
Lafayette, LA 70506

Istrouma Baptist
10500 Sam Rushing Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Walker Baptist
10696 Florida Blvd
Walker, LA 70785

New Covenant
215 Florida Avenue SE
Denham Springs, LA70726

Zoar Baptist Church
11848 Hooper Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70818

Bethel, Livingston
20149 Circle Drive
Livingston, LA 70754

Woodland Park, Hammond
1909 J W Davis Dr
Hammond, LA 70403

Judson Baptist Church, Walker
32470 Walker Rd N
Walker, LA 70785

Supplies Needed

> Updated Tues., August 16, 2:13PM



    • Mudout Supplies and Instructions:
      1. Rubber Gloves
      2. Dust Mask
      3. Water Nozzel
      4. Germ-x
      5. Measuring Tape
      6. Flashlight
      7. Batteries for flashlight
      8. Utility Knife
      9. Chalk Line
      10. First Aid Ointment
      11. Band aids
      12. 2 Quart Clorox
      13. Hydrogen Peroxide
      14. Wash clothes
      15. Goggles
      16. Gloves
      17. Ziplock bags
      18. Instructions to Mudout your home
  • Other supplies needed:
    • Basic toiletries
    • Blankets
    • Pillows
    • Air mattresses
    • Toilet paper
    • Basic medical supplies
    • Styrofoam Cups
    • Napkins
    • Snack Food
    • Water, Gatorade, Powerade, etc
    • Paper Towels
    • Plastic Forks, Spoons, and Knifes
    • Medium Duty Type Gloves
    • Band-Aids & Neosporin
    • Paper Plates
    • Apples, oranges, bananas (Need to be separated and sent quickly to prevent from spoiling)
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Hand Wipes
    • Bug Spray and Sunscreen
    • Ziplock Bags (sandwiches)
    • Paper Bags
    • Hand Soap
    • Etc.

Chaplains Needed

> Updated Tues., August 16, 11:39AM


Need for Chaplains is Urgent.

If you are a trained chaplain and available to volunteer please call Joe Arnold at 985.856.2224.

Red Cross Shelter Info

> Updated Sun., August 14, 5:31PM


  • Red Cross: Shelters are available at the locations listed below.
    • Volunteers also are needed Sunday and in the days ahead, including to serve at shelters and in other capacities. The Red Cross has training scheduled Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Red Cross in Madisonville at 300 Ashland Way and at the Red Cross in Baton Rouge at 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd. (near Airline Highway and Sherwood Forrest Blvd.). Those wanting to volunteer also can register at redcross.org/louisiana (click on Volunteer on right side).
    • Ascension Parish Shelters
      • Lamar Dixon – St. Landry Road, Gonzales
    • East Baton Rouge Parish Shelters
      • BREC Park at Flannery – 801 Flannery Road, Baton Rouge
      • BREC Park at Kernan – 333 Kernan, Baton Rouge
      • BREC Park at Longfellow – 5201 Longfellow, Baton Rouge
      • Central Starkey Gym – 10510 Joor Road, Central
      • Charles R. Kelly Center – 3535 Riley Street, Baton Rouge
      • First Baptist Church (Zachary) – 4200 Main St., Zachary
      • F. G. Clark Activity Center – 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge
      • Galilee Baptist Church – 11050 Greenwell Springs Road, Zachary
      • Leo S. Butler – 950 Washington St., Baton Rouge
      • McKinley Middle School – 1550 Eddie Robinson, Baton Rouge
      • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church – 4727 McHugh, Zachary
      • Vineyard Church of Baton Rouge – 16761 Tiger Bend Road, Baton Rouge
      • Zoar Baptist Church – 11848 Hooper Road, Central
    • East Feliciana Parish Shelters
      • Mt. Hope Baptist – Highway 10, Clinton
      • Slaughter Fire Station – Highway 19, Slaughter
    • Iberia Parish Shelters
      • Cyr-Gates Community Center – 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia
    • Lafayette Parish Shelters
      • Heymann Center – 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette
    • Livingston Parish Shelters
      • Bethel Baptist Church – 20419 Circle Drive, Livingston
      • First United Methodist Church – Third Street, Denham Springs
      • Judson Baptist Church – 32470 Walker Road, Walker
      • Live Oak United Methodist – 34890 La. Hwy 16, Denham Springs
      • Walker Baptist Church – 10696 Florida Blvd., Walker
      • Riverside Baptist Church – 36890 Highway 16, Watson
    • St. Helena Parish Shelters
      • St. Helena High School – 14340 Highway 37, Greensburg
    • St. Landry Parish Shelters
      • World Ministries – 1960 West Laurel Ave., Eunice
      • Opelousas Civic Center – 1638 Creswell Lane, Opelousas
    • Tangipahoa Parish Shelters
      • Amite Community Center – 101 W. Chestnut, Amite
      • Coquille Sports Complex – 13505 La. Hwy 1085, Covington
      • Kentwood High School – 603 Ninth St., Kentwood
      • Mike Kenny Center – 601 W. Coleman, Hammond
    • Vermilion Parish Shelters
      • Abbeville Boys & Girls Club – 301 A.A. Comeaux Memorial Parkway, Abbeville
    • Washington Parish Shelters
      • Franklinton High School – 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton
    • Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, as possible:
      • Prescriptions and emergency medications
      • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
      • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
      • Hygiene supplies and other comfort items
      • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
      • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
      • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

Older Updates

> Updated Sat., August 13, 3:32PM


  • Northshore Baptist Association: 
    • Bethlehem in Albany is sheltering people
    • First Albany is setting up to shelter people
    • Food that requires little prep is needed
    • Volunteers who can get there – please go!
    • I-12 West at I-55 is closed
    • Hwy. 90 West is closed at Baptist at Beulah
    • Hwy. 40 across Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes down to below I-12 is flooding or soon will be
    • Several churches, parsonages and Pastor/Minister private residences have taken on water.
    • Water is still rising. Please pray

> Updated Sat., August 13, 2:40PM

> Updated Sat., August 13, 1:21PM

  • Eunice: A shelter has been set up by the city at Word Ministries in the old Walmart building. Direct people there.
  • Opelousas: The Civic Center has been opened for evacuees.

> Updated Sat., August 13, 10:56AM

Due to the ongoing nature of this event, details are still being compiled. Please check back for updated information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please pray for:

  • families forced from their homes due to the flooding
  • churches whose facilities have been flooded
  • volunteers who are preparing to respond

Additional news/updates can also be found at www.BaptistMessage.com.

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The Disaster Relief ministry impacts thousands of lives nationwide, not just in Louisiana.

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Mission Statement

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief is a Christ-centered partnership of national, state and associational ministries serving through the local church to bring help, healing and hope to individuals and communities affected by disaster.

Vision Statement

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief will be a well defined, unified disaster response organization, demonstrating the love of Christ by providing physical, emotional and spiritual help to those affected by disasters.

Core Values

Core Values are the foundation for the ministry that we provide. They comprise the constant guide by which we perform the Disaster Relief ministry and interact with an affected community, our partners, other organizations, volunteers, and Louisiana Baptist constituents. Our uniform colors are gold, as a visible reminder of the worth of every person to God, and blue as a reminder that we are members of God’s family through Jesus Christ.

Christ-centered

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief is composed of individuals who are believers in Jesus Christ. Volunteers are under the imperative to minister to people and demonstrate God’s love as they share the message of hope in Jesus Christ.

(This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? I John 3:16-17 NIV)

Partnership Oriented

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief seeks to be a valuable partner, building strong biblical relationships that empower volunteers to serve communities affected by disaster with passion, integrity, professionalism, and credibility.

(I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6 NIV)

Fluid in Practice

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief’s hallmark is the ability to serve Christ in the crisis. Whatever it takes, we are His hands and feet.

(I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I Corinthians 9:22 NIV)

Effective in Action

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief empowers leaders, volunteers and partners through training, mentoring, accountability, and structure; enabling them to use their skills, talents, abilities and resources to be effective followers of Christ ministering to others affected by disaster.

(Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

Local Church Focused

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief maintains a strategic and intentional partnership with local churches and associations to support, reinforce, and encourage their ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ and growing the Kingdom of God.

(Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)

Motivation

We believe that we are under Scriptural and moral obligation to all mankind to provide a positive witness of the love of Jesus Christ.

Christ calls for all Christians to demonstrate his love in the relief of victims of disasters through the effective and immediate use of the resources, time, and talents entrusted to us by our Lord.

Disasters affect many people. Christians naturally respond to the hurts of those around them and feel an obligation to minister in the name of Jesus Christ. Christians working together can accomplish much for the glory of God (Ephesians 3:20).

Individual efforts may be helpful but are often not as productive as a cooperative, coordinated team response. An individual may have an understanding of his or her objectives but lack an overall ministry picture for the benefit of all. A coordinated, cooperative team effort can harness the desires and energies of individuals into a productive, effective force for Christ.

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief can provide direction for the potential energy of individuals and churches desiring to be of service in times of disaster. Through planning, training, and practicing, disaster response teams can be positioned to provide leadership and expertise required in times of disaster.

Disaster Relief Is Mission Action

Mission action is the organized effort of a church to minister and witness to people of distinctive needs or circumstances who are not part of the congregation or any of its organizations.

Mission action is taking Christian love into all situations and places of need.

Mission action is the work of dedicated Christians who expand their circle of concern becoming involved in meeting the crucial needs of people in the name of Christ.

Mission action is utilizing natural talents, knowledge, and acquired skills to proclaim the Kingdom of God, share the life of God’s Son, and bear witness through God’s Spirit.

Mission action is commitment to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and a dedication to the needs of others.

Mission action is love in action. Christ, by his example, set the pattern for us to follow. He told us that our mission to share his love was to be done through direct servant roles (Mark 10:42-45; Phil. 2:5-8).

Mission action is allowing people to see we have experienced in our own lives the Christ we now proclaim to them.

Servant Role

The servant role takes an important place in disaster relief ministry. In response, we personally become involved in meeting the needs of hurting people and sharing the truth of God’s love. In disaster relief, we share some of our blessings and our experience with the truth of God by ministering to the needs of whoever comes our way. We are living out the message of 1 John 3:17-19. We become a people who not only talk of being on-mission, but put our words into deeds. We become a people who serve Christ in the crisis.

Credo

“There seems to be no area of mission action that requires more rapid response than during the time of disaster. The disaster comes unexpectedly and with it the opportunity for immediate ministry. If we are unprepared when it strikes and delay action, the opportunity passes with the urgent need.”