This is for my Greater Baton Rouge peeps. If you aren’t that person, be in prayer for us as we launch our Living Hope Groups in a little less than two weeks. And if you are in the Greater Baton Rouge area, I want to encourage you to sign up.
Many may think of flooding as something that is simply a physical or financial crisis. However, there is much more than just mudding out houses and figuring out how to pay for things. The impact of the flood, plus the displacement, plus the rebuild, plus the contractors, and on and on and on, leads to more stress than we realize—we are simply too busy holding everything together to notice it.
I recently saw a friend of mine—lightly coated in sheetrock dust—tell me how every night is spent working on a house. (This was while he was still graciously meeting me at Lowe’s to tell me what fittings to buy for my voluntary home renovation.) His nightly house work was on top of work, family, and any other life obligations that may exist. It is enough to crush the strongest back.
These groups exist for anyone affected by the flooding in any way (whether you were directly affected and displaced, are caring for families who are displaced, are a relief worker, etc.)
Living Hope Groups will offer both a respite in the environment and in content. The environment is one where we don’t want you to have to be working on houses for the moment. We want you to be able to rest and to receive. The content will bring you through ways to handle the stress and trauma that comes your way—and ultimately find your rest in Jesus. There are leaders who are ready to receive you and to care for you.
You need that kind of rest. We all do.
What you need to know:
- Everyone from every background is welcome to attend.
- Come as often as you are able.
- Child care is offered for children six weeks for 5th grade, but you need to register ASAP.
- Kickoff is Sunday, October 30th, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Oaks (9611 Siegen Lane).
- After kickoff, groups will be on Monday nights (starting November 7th) at the Oaks (9611 Siegen Lane).
So, if you’re in town, I’d definitely encourage you to sign up.
If you have any questions contact me.
Hope to see you soon.