One of four families from the Bridge Church in Madisonville who were trapped in their homes by rapidly rising water, Will and Charity Phillips along with their newborn baby and four-year-old twins were rescued by a National Guard team in a 5-ton truck Sunday morning, Aug. 14, and taken to a local restaurant situated on higher ground. Pastor Lane Corley was able to reach them there and take them to his home where they will remain until the floodwaters recede. Corley, who also serves as a church planning strategist for Louisiana Baptists, is thankful all four families were able to make it out unharmed, but knows there is a long road to recovery for everyone in the state. “There are so many neighborhoods, homes and businesses affected by this flood, including East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana’s most populated,” Corley said. “We’ve got a lot of work and a great opportunity to let our ‘light shine before men’ ahead of us in south Louisiana.” … [Read more...]
Satsuma Baptist Church became a place of jubilation after near tragedy Aug. 11-14. Families separated after flash flooding in Livingston were reunited at the church Sunday morning. The Cajun Navy, an informal name for the many Louisianans who used personal boats to rescue others, transported people throughout the day, dropping them off at the church into the arms of anxious but grateful members of displaced families. Pastor Brad Delaughter said he was blessed to witness the church’s response as “the hands and feet of Jesus” and the tangible effects of coming together “as an Acts 2 church.” … [Read more...]
Below are churches across south Louisiana where you or your family members may find assistance. The assistance available depends upon the location. Ascension Baptist, Gonzales 13432 Airline Hwy., Gonzales, LA 70737 — Distributing Goods, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms) The Bayou, Lafayette 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508 — Shower, Laundy, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms), Distributing Goods Bethel, Livingston 20149 Circle Drive, Livingston, LA 70754 — Feeding, Shower Bethlehem, Albany 29350 S Montipelier, Albany, LA 70711 — Feeding, Distributing Goods Christ Community, Denham Springs 26574 Juban Road, Denham Springs, LA 70726 — Distributing Goods Church of Life Fellowship, Baton Rouge 6066 Evangeline St, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 — Water, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms) Community Bible, Baton Rouge 1729 Monte Sano Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70807 — Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms) Colyell, Livingston 19524 LA Highway 42, Livingston, LA 70754 — Distributing Goods, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms) Fellowship, Prairieville 14363 Highway 73, Prairieville, LA 70769 — Distributing Goods, Feeding, Mudout (receiving forms) First, Addis 6781 Hwy 1 South, Addis, LA … [Read more...]
By Kristin Romey, National Geographic An enormous monument has been hiding in plain sight at the World Heritage site of Petra, according to a study recently published in theBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, used high-resolution satellite imagery followed by aerial drone photography and ground surveys to locate and document the structure. They report that the monument is roughly as long as an Olympic-size swimming pool and twice as wide. It sits only about half a mile (800 meters) south of the center of the ancient city. To read the rest of the article, click here. … [Read more...]
By Richard Gray, The Telegraph Researchers believe they have found evidence of real natural disasters on which the ten plagues of Egypt, which led to Moses freeing the Israelites from slavery in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, were based. But rather than explaining them as the wrathful act of a vengeful God, the scientists claim the plagues can be attributed to a chain of natural phenomena triggered by changes in the climate and environmental disasters that happened hundreds of miles away. They have compiled compelling evidence that offers new explanations for the Biblical plagues, which will be outlined in a new series to be broadcast on the National Geographical Channel on Easter Sunday. To read the rest of the article, click here. … [Read more...]
This article is used by permission from Breitbardt. By Virginia Hale Bundestag member Erika Steinbach and Iranian-born pastor Mahin Mousapour called for much stronger sanctions for Muslims who abuse Christians in Germany at a press conference on Monday. Highlighting the fact Christians suffer violence, harassment, and death threats in migrant lodgings, Ms. Mousapour criticised Germany for granting Islam “too much respect”. Declaring anti-Christian hate attacks an affront to German values, politician Erika Steinbach advocated the government deport migrants who insult or attack Christians. At the press conference Ms. Mousapour, who converted to Christianity more than 25 years ago, reported that Christians face various forms of persecution in migrant housing.