The People of Lake Charles are Ready and Waiting
Disaster Response

The People of Lake Charles are Ready and Waiting

By Rick Burnette Kenny Phillips’ fourth trip to hurricane-battered Lake Charles was in early March.   Phillips, who serves as CBF Florida’s Disaster Response Coordinator, visited Lake Charles for the first time soon after Hurricane Laura struck the coast of southwest Louisiana on August 27, 2020.   Transferring a CBF Florida equipment trailer and helping … Continue reading

An Invitation to Carry the Burden of Hurricane-Affected Communities in Southwest Louisiana
COVID-19 / Disaster Response

An Invitation to Carry the Burden of Hurricane-Affected Communities in Southwest Louisiana

Not only is Southwest Louisiana continuing to reel from the impact of two hurricanes in September and October, recovery efforts have been hampered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite obstacles, the recovery partnership involving CBF and the National Baptist Churches of America is still on track with the ongoing involvement of LaConya Ceasar, a jointly … Continue reading

Baton Rouge church joins CBF-National Baptist Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Lake Charles, La.
Disaster Response / Featured / Fellowship! Magazine

Baton Rouge church joins CBF-National Baptist Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Lake Charles, La.

By Caleb Mynatt As the winds stirred and the sky turned to black on August 27, 2020, the citizens of Lake Charles, La., were confronted with a reality that is all too familiar. Hurricanes hitting the Louisiana coast have become an almost annual occurrence these days, but not often does a Hurricane Laura, a Category … Continue reading

Following Hurricane Delta, CBF Disaster Response is doubling down on efforts in Lake Charles
COVID-19 / Disaster Response

Following Hurricane Delta, CBF Disaster Response is doubling down on efforts in Lake Charles

By Rick Burnette Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall along the southwest Louisiana coast on August 27, 2020, impacting numerous communities, including Lake Charles, La. High winds devastated the city and surrounding areas. Almost six weeks later, on October 9, Hurricane Delta struck the same region as a Category 2 storm, undoing recent … Continue reading

CBF Disaster Response Preparing for Hurricane Sally Recovery Efforts in the Florida Panhandle
COVID-19 / Disaster Response

CBF Disaster Response Preparing for Hurricane Sally Recovery Efforts in the Florida Panhandle

By Rick Burnette Dumping more than two feet of rain over much of the western Florida Panhandle on September 16, Hurricane Sally, a Category 2 storm, left extensive damage across Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties. A CBF Disaster Response survey of storm impacts is currently focused on communities along Garcon Point in Santa Rosa … Continue reading

CBF invites volunteer teams for Lake Charles recovery work in partnership with National Baptists
Disaster Response

CBF invites volunteer teams for Lake Charles recovery work in partnership with National Baptists

September 16, 2020 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is inviting volunteer teams to Lake Charles, La., to begin long-term recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. CBF Disaster Response and state/regional leaders gathered in Lake Charles on September 4 to assess the damage resulting from Hurricane Laura and made … Continue reading

CBF and National Baptist leaders meet, plan for long-term recovery in Lake Charles
Disaster Response / Newsroom / Racial Reconciliation

CBF and National Baptist leaders meet, plan for long-term recovery in Lake Charles

September 4, 2020By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — CBF Disaster Response and state/regional leaders gathered in Lake Charles, La., to assess damage wrought by Hurricane Laura and plan for long-term recovery efforts in collaboration with the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. (NBCA) and its President, Dr. Samuel Tolbert, Jr. Tolbert hosted Cooperative Baptist … Continue reading

General CBF

Choosing to respond

This post comes from G. Reid Doster, LPC, LMFT. He serves as coordinator of CBF Louisiana, maintains a private practice in clinical pastoral counseling and serves as Coordinator of Behavioral Healthcare Services for EXCELth Primary Care Network, New Orleans.  Sometimes, a local Christian fellowship is the only place in town where people, no matter what … Continue reading