Reflections from Baton Rouge
November 10, 2016
By Dana Roosa, FirstChurch member
When we arrived in Baton Rouge, the city seemed to move as normal. Planes landing and taking off, crazy drivers on the freeways, traffic jams, visitors from Alabama pouring in to celebrate the annual LSU-Alabama game. All the usual city momentum.
But just 15 minutes from downtown, piles of flooding debris lined the sidewalks of a residential neighborhood. The owners or the home we worked on were emotionally and financially devastated, but they welcomed us with gratitude and great hospitality. They relied on deep faith to pull them through this time of trial, and we sang Amazing Grace with them family during a work break, joining our voices in faith and hope.
Before we had left Dallas for the trip, i’d been skeptical about whether 9 middle aged people would be able to make an impact in only 3 days. But we worked hard, ripping out water logged oak hardwood floors, tearing out laminate, breaking down kitchen cabinets and installing sheet rock. By the time we left, I knew we made a difference. Aside from our improvements around the house, our presence and ministry was a means of sharing God’s abiding love. The family was so grateful that we took the time to help, and so am I.