This past August the people of Baton Rouge experienced a historic rain storm that was soon followed by devastating floods. The homes and workplaces of tens of thousands of people were made unusable and even completely destroyed all over the region. People in Findlay know a bit about life altering floods and we couldn’t help but want to do whatever we could to help our neighbors in Louisiana. The Bible teaches us that the outflow of our response to the Grace we receive through the finished work of Christ on the Cross is that Christians show grace to others!
We were not sure what might happen, but we decided to trust God and take a step of faith to try to fill a semi-truck full of relief supplies to ship down. In just 8 days we went from an empty 52 ft trailer, to a trailer so full we wouldn’t have been able to fill one more pallet!
In the process of getting the trailer filled, a number of people approached us about the possibility of going down and helping in person. Our missions director, Kevin Grubinski, volunteered to lead a team if we could put one together, and before we knew it, we had the church van full of hands and feet ready to serve!
While in Baton Rouge our team worked with our sister church, First Presbyterian of Baton Rouge, and the Salvation Army, to help with organizing supplies and cleaning out people's homes. Early mornings and late nights of physical work was the schedule for our Gateway volunteers, and they LOVED IT!
It cannot be said enough how grateful we are that God gave us a church and a community that allowed us to help where people were hurting. Continue to be praying for a peace that comes only from God for our friends in Baton Rouge. And be praying for Gateway to always be a church that responds to the needs of people who are hurting!