In August, VRM responded to a flooding event for the sixth time in 2016 when we sent a team to Baton Rouge. Chaplains and Crisis Responders from Dallas, Houston and Louisiana responded to the Zoar Baptist Church in Baton Rouge on August 25th and spent a week providing emotional and spritural care to those who had suffered damage and those helping them.
We were shown favor when after checking with a FEMA disaster recovery tent, they asked us to staff a chaplain at their facility. We were able to minister to a lot of people who came and had to wait for their turn to meet with a FEMA representative to request aid. We also did some door to door ministry in the areas that were the hardest hit and visited some churches to see what kind of aid they needed to keep going.
Prior to our physical response to Baton Rouge, we worked with partners such as Somebody Cares, to coordinate water and aid into churches in the affected area. While in the area, we stopped by some of these churches to see how they were doing and if there was any further aid we could provide.