BIRMINGHAM (WMU Foundation, TAB) — National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and the WMU Foundation awarded a $6,000 grant from the HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) Fund to First Baptist Church, Lafayette, Louisiana, for disaster relief (DR) related to the recent flooding.
“We’re helping about 40 families who are affected,” said Andrea McKenzie, minister of missions and college students at First, Lafayette. “Their homes were not in a flood zone and they do not have flood insurance. Their neighborhoods had never flooded before but now they have several inches of water in their homes.”
Church members and volunteers will use the HEART Fund grant to purchase items needed immediately such as diapers and wipes, baby formula and food. The grant also will be used to purchase gift cards that families can use to buy necessities and for cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
“When we learn of disasters we sometimes feel all we can do is pray,” explained Judith Edwards, WMU Foundation board member. “By giving to the HEART Fund, even those of us who cannot physically help can still reach out to the hurting in Christ’s name.”
The WMU Foundation is considering additional HEART Fund grants as relief and rebuilding efforts continue.
“There are immediate needs like food and shelter now, but there will be many additional needs in the days and weeks ahead,” said David George, WMU Foundation president. “We will continue to help as people face the challenges of rebuilding and putting their lives back together.”
The WMU Foundation is accepting donations to the HEART Fund for disaster relief victims online at wmufoundation.com or by mail to WMU Foundation HEART Fund, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL 35242.
Alabama Baptists also have boots on the ground through their trained DR volunteers and will be involved with cleanup efforts for the long run. To assist with Alabama Baptist DR efforts, visit www.sbdr.org.