Hurricane Relief Fund Report
Sept. 15, 2005
Dear Brethren in Christ,
I am glad to report that we have received almost $100,000 from ARBCA churches, Founders churches, and individuals to assist the 10 churches we have identified to help. We have been able to contact the majority of them and found them needing funds for church repairs, pastoral support, and member support due to lost jobs. As of today, we have distributed approximately $40,000 in immediate relief, averaging from $3000-5000 for each church. We are holding the rest of funds in reserve as we evaluate the changing needs of each church.
One church, LakeshoreBaptistChurch, in Lakeshore, MS, suffered complete destruction of their building. Their pastor, Don Elbourne, is a founders-friendly pastor who is an acquaintance of Tom Ascol. His blog can be accessed online at Locusts and Wild Honey. The other churches will need lesser repairs but we are keeping in touch to help as needed.
FBC, Clinton, LA, has been involved in taking supplies to several of these churches in Slidell, LA. Our youth have helped to prepare over 20,000 sandwiches in cooperation with SBC Relief teams in the Baton Rouge area. A couple from Hannibal, MO, came down with a boxvan load of food, medical supplies, clothing, etc., which we distributed to two shelters in the Clinton area. And we have given food and other supplies families housing evacuees.
The churches we are helping include:
Bayou BaptistChurch, Slidell, LA
Sovereign Grace Fellowship, Slidell, LA
Lakeshore BaptistChurch, Lakeshore, LA
First Baptist Church of Algiers, LA
Crossroads BaptistChurch, Wiggins, MS
Crossroads BaptistChurch, Escatawpa, MS
Elliott BaptistChurch, Elliott, MS
Sovereign Grace BaptistChurch, Ponchatoula, LA
First BaptistChurch, Slidell, LA
FIRE Disaster Relief Fund (a couple of the above churches are FIRE associated)
Aubudon DriveBibleChurch, Laurel, MS
Waterfront Mission, Mobile, AL
We are continually assessing the needs of these churches and others we are finding along the way. Pray for us for wisdom in the distribution of funds. Many of you have offered cleanup teams to come as we find the need. Glenn King, a deacon, in our church is leading our plans for this need. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Frankly, we have received more offers for help than we have been able to identify needs to this point. However, we will let you know as the needs arise.
Thanks again for the generous outpouring of gifts for our brethren. It has amazed and humbled us to see the kindness of Christs body coming to the aid of those in trial. May God be praised and may many come to Christ through the efforts of the affected churches which have had opportunity to witness to their communities and evacuees.
In Christs gentle bonds,