We have received a new update this morning regarding the damage due to flooding in Louisiana from Bishop Wayne Hall.
As reported previously, the Baton Rouge Church is the only church that has been affected by the flooding. The pastors and a team were able to get into the building this past week and they were able to complete much of the clean-up work to prepare it for recovery. It will require several days to completely dry out and then the property will have to be sprayed and inspected by the government before reconstruction work can begin.
There has been interest by several of our churches in taking a team to assist with recovery efforts in Louisiana. Bishop Hall has expressed his appreciation for this interest and is coordinating those efforts from the State Office. He may be reached on his cell phone at (864)784-4300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will notice from the previous update below that several of our members in Louisiana have experienced extensive damage to their homes. At least two members in the heart of the flood area lost everything while several other families have had lesser damage, nevertheless, it has been devastating to these families. These families did not have flood insurance because they were not in a flood zone and it was not required. Please remember all of our church family in Louisiana.
If you would like to contribute to the recovery of our people affected by the flooding, Bishop Hall has asked all donations to be sent through the office of Global Missions Ministries. Churches may send their donations through Harvest Partner Project Giving marked Louisiana Disaster Relief. Individuals may contribute through the Helping Hand Ministry with the same designation. As always, 100% of all funding goes directly to the project indicated on the offering.
This is the latest report regarding the flooding in Louisiana that has been shared by Overseer Wayne Hall…
“Although it has been difficult due to substations being down, I have made contact with most of our pastors in Louisiana. There are still a few that I have not been able to reach although I have left messages they probably didn’t receive.
The Baton Rouge Church is the only one affected by the flood. They had 3 feet of water inside the building destroying all the pews, all furnishings, walls and insulation at least 4 feet high which may require removal of drywall even higher, and of course all doors will have to be replaced. They have received an unofficial estimate of replacement and renovation of 50 to 60 thousand dollars.
They will do most of the labor (construction) on building. Professionals will have to deal with mold, structural damage inspections, etc. They did not have flood insurance.
Several members of the church have had extensive damage to their homes. At least two members in the heart of the flood area has lost everything while several other families have had lesser damage but nevertheless devastating to these families. These families didn’t have flood insurance because they were not in a flood zone it was not required.
This is an overview of the damage to our COGOP church buildings and families. I have asked for pictures but have not received any at this time. When I visited on Tuesday of this week, I could not reach the Baton Rouge Church from where I entered the city due to blocked streets.”