Trusting in Jesus
NEW ORLEANS – We have faced many challenges in 2020 and I would like to thank you for your continued support as God guides us through it. On behalf of the South Louisiana Federation Officers and its constituents and the Hurricane Laura Project, we would like to thank all of you for your support and prayers.
We had support starting with a U-Haul truck obtained by the Westbank United Seventh-day Adventist Church and the churches that brought items to pack and provided gift cards to the victims of Hurricane Laura. We made our caravan to the Lake Charles area on Sept. 8, 2020. We received gift cards from the South Louisiana Federation, Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church and Glen and Sherlette Burkhalter. Donations were made by the following Seventh-day Adventist Churches: Westbank United, Ephesus at Covington, Glad Tidings, Ephesus at New Orleans, Berean, Faith, Caffin Avenue, Fondren, Smyrna, Emmanuel (at Hammond) and the following individuals and entities: Norbert Doxon, Vera Ragland, South Louisiana Youth Federation, Clio Place Baptist Church, St. Claire Oliver, American Red Cross, NENA’s, Feeding Ministry of Mandeville, La., City of New Orleans Neighborhood Engagement and Baptist Community Ministries. As a coordinated effort we were able to serve 400 people. On Sept. 13, 2020, the Fondren Seventh-day Adventist Church of Houston, Tex., traveled to Lake Charles in order to provide items and water for the entire family. We were blessed with a special visit from the North American Division Disaster Response Director W. Derrick Lea.
A spiritual hats off to all of our pastors, especially Durandel Ford, community services director and Calvin Watkins, president, for their support and communication. Let us continue in unity and prayer in support of our community as we change lives and transform our community. Thanks to our trusted team: Irene H. Williams, coordinator; Lyn Hakeem, assistant coordinator; Leslie Hutchinson, assistant coordinator; Sherlette Burkhalter, treasurer; Lucinda Keller, advisor; Carrie Cyprian, advisor; Gwendolyn Garrison, recording secretary; Stephanie, reporting secretary; Arlene Mossey, chaplain.
By Irene Hughes Williams
Adventist Community Services Coordinator