PINEVILLE – The Louisiana Director of Missions Fellowship met Feb. 21 at the Baptist Mission Center in Pineville for its quarterly meeting. The gathering was characterized by warm fellowship and an emphasis on ministry.
By Kelly Boggs
PINEVILLE – The Louisiana Director of Missions
Fellowship met Feb. 21 at the Baptist Mission Center in Pineville for
its quarterly meeting. The gathering was characterized by warm
fellowship and an emphasis on ministry.
Following a light lunch, Fellowship president, Herb
Dickerson – DOM for Big Creek, Central Louisiana and North Rapides
Associations – provided leadership for a program that included updates
on recovery efforts in New Orleans as well as introductions to
ministries taking place in Louisiana.
Joe McKeever, DOM of BAGNO, the Baptist Association
of Greater New Orleans, indicated the situation is still very difficult
in the Crescent City.
“If you really want to hurt someone in our city,”
McKeever said, “just say to them, ‘I hear things are back to normal in
Freddie Arnold, a church planter missionary with
BAGNO, whose responsibilities now include coordinating the disaster
relief and recovery operations, reported there is still much work to do
and most of it is not only slow, but also very dirty.
However, because Southern Baptists from around the
country have been willing to dive in and tackle the difficult tasks, a
tremendous impact is being made, Arnold said.
“New Orleans has come to have a new respect for
Southern Baptists because of disaster relief,” Arnold said. He
described how a wedding was interrupted by a tractor-trailer making its
way down a narrow street. One of the participants halted the
processional to allow the truck to pass.
“Let’s let these Baptists through,” the man said. “They’re feeding us.”
Ivan Harless, representing Church Renewal Journey –
formerly Lay Renewal Weekend – also addressed the DOMs. Soon to be
serving as a NAMB-sponsored Mission Service Corps missionary, Harless
said he hopes to see Church Renewal Journey impact churches across
The Fellowship also heard from Gene Grounds, Senior
Chaplain and Executive Director of Victim Relief Ministries, a ministry
based in Richardson, Texas, that provides physical and emotional
assistance to those traumatized by tragedy.
His group has been ministering in New Orleans from
the very first day hurricane Katrina hit, Grounds said. Victim Relief
has provided more than 170 chaplains to the Crescent City since August
29, he added.
Lee Dickson, Fellowship treasurer and DOM for
DeSoto, Natchitoches, North Sabine, Red River and Sabine Associations,
reported receiving $7,880.40 from the Southern Baptist Convention DOM
Fellowship designated to be distributed to those suffering in the
aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
To date, $5,961.41 of the Southern Baptist DOMs’ gift has been distributed, Dickson said.
He read an emotionally moving letter from a family
that had received financial assistance from the gift. The heartfelt
sentiment contained in the note was representative of other letters
received in response to financial gifts, Dickson said.