By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. - The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is requesting monetary donations and receiving volunteer teams following devastating flooding in southern Louisiana.
CBF U.S. Disaster Response Coordinator Alan Williams provided an update Wednesday requesting monetary donations. CBF Disaster Response is working in partnership with CBF churches in the region, including Broadmoor Baptist Church and University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, as well as CBF of Louisiana and CBF of Mississippi and other CBF state and regional organizations to make evaluations, assess needs, determine ways to provide aid and coordinate volunteer teams.
Supplies are currently not needed, said Williams. Williams emphasized that volunteer teams are now needed to begin the process of cleaning out damaged homes.
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.