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SBTC churches partner with Louisiana Baptist Convention in Hurricane Laura aftermath

September 10th, 2020 / By: Texan Staff / comments

SBTC churches partner with Louisiana Baptist Convention in Hurricane Laura aftermath

Texas Southern Baptist churches can now adopt sister churches recovering from damage dealt by Hurricane Laura when it passed through Louisiana in late August.

Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director Steve Horn noted 114 churches have been identified with damage from the Category 4 hurricane that made landfall Aug. 27. Those churches are now being categorized by level of damage.

Describing the damage in the hardest-hit area of southwest Louisiana as “mind numbing,” Horn added that the “unusual nature of this disaster is how far north the power outages are.”

“With no power and no internet, giving electronically is not possible for probably a third of our state right now,” Horn said. “Many [churches] did not meet last Sunday, and a significant number in all of western Louisiana will not meet this Sunday due to the widespread power outage.

“I would estimate that 40 churches won’t be able to meet in their building for months, and probably have no community place to gather in either,” Horn said. “We have around 20 pastors with uninhabitable homes.”

In the wake of the storm SBTC Disaster Relief volunteers deployed rapidly to various locations in Texas as well as Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Texas Southern Baptist churches can fill out preliminary information online to adopt a Louisiana church through prayer, financial donations and on-site teams: www.louisianabaptists.org/churches-helping-churches/