In August of 2016, so many in Louisiana lost their homes to record-breaking rain and flooding. Early reports shared that as many as six people had died and more than 20,000 had to be rescued from their homes.
While the families were still waiting for the water to recede – not knowing what they’ll return home to – we were able to connect with churches in the area to be ready and prepared to bring the relief as soon as they needed it.
We partnered with Our Savior’s Church in Lafayette, Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Church of the King in Mandeville, Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Journey Church in Greenwell and Our Savior’s Church in Jennings. We’ve also connected with our long-term disaster relief partner Convoy of Hope to help provide relief.
As always, we are so grateful to everyone who gives to help us provide disaster relief both here in the United States and around the world.
Stories of Hope
Even though the damage is overwhelming, so many people put their lives on hold to lend a hand…all with a smile. It was so encouraging to see the church come together to bring relief. Pastor Gus, one of many volunteers, brought a small team from Texas to assist with the flood relief efforts. People came from around the country, small groups and large organizations like Convoy of Hope, answering the call for help.
Flooding Clean-Up - Seneca's StoryHer car and home flooded but Seneca is still serving her community!
“I've been affected by the flood but the flood is not gonna affect me. I'm just trusting and believing that the Holy Spirit is still my comforter. I've been through some things before and I have overcome them just like I will overcome this. I will not allow a flood to steal my joy!”
Even though Seneca herself was in need, she chose to come and serve others in her community through Bethany Church. Hand of Hope is honored to partner with local churches like Bethany Church to help bring relief where it's needed.
Flooding Clean-Up - Haley's StoryHaley's house wasn’t flooded but she housed five sets of families that were displaced. She even used her own money to buy the necessities they needed and with the help of local churches she can help even more.
“Nobody is a stranger now, everyone is family!”
Hand of Hope is happy to partner with a number of local churches in the Baton Rouge area to help so many that have been affected by this record breaking flood.
Thank you to our friends and partners for helping provide relief immediately after storms.