On August 30, I had the privilege of spending the afternoon with Pastor John Fortenberry and his wife Sybil, of Calvary Baptist Church of Deweyville, along with three of their church members. The church building flooded in March 2016, along with the homes of many of their church members. Flood waters rose to the ceiling of their entire church.
Calvary Baptist collected $700 in Walmart gift cards to help church members and residents affected by flooding in Louisiana last month. John asked Henrietta Gentry, of Texas Baptist Men, and me to find a church their congregation could support.
This group traveled from Deweyville to Gueydan, Louisiana, to the small rural church of First Baptist Church Gueydan. We met Pastor Troy Dunhan and the people of FBC Gueydan, a sweet congregation working to meet the needs of those who lost everything in this latest flood to hit Louisiana. Pastor Dunhan was so grateful for the loving gift. As he stood shedding tears, the group of five just gathered around, hugging and praying for the pastor, his wife and others from the church. They were all kindred spirits, as they each shared their disaster stories. Pastor Troy loved the story of hope Calvary shared by showing cell phone pictures of the church as it was flooded and how it looks now. They are already back in their worship center holding services.
While Pastor Dunhan's church was not flooded, many in this small community were. They are ready to begin long term recovery with the families. Calvary of Deweyville demonstrated this church can stand strong as well. The example of grace and generosity Calvary showed to this struggling community was a huge encouragement to Pastor Dunhan. Henrietta and I were so glad we were able to witness God at work in this mighty way.
FBC Gueydan is serving as a distribution center, providing donated items to this rural community who has lost so much. Contact Pastor Troy Dunhan at 337-384-9888 to provide gift cards or other donated items. Funds to support Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery efforts in Louisiana can be sent to Texas Baptists, 7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1100, Dallas, TX, 75231 or given online here.