Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
In August of 2020, Hurricane Laura hit Lake Charles as a category 4 hurricane. It was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in Louisiana. Laura left the city of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas completely devastated. The sustained 150 mph winds tore off roofs, brought down trees, and caused severe structural damage. Just six weeks after Laura, Hurricane Delta made landfall as a category 2 hurricane and caused even further damage to the already battered area.
Meet our Missionaries
Lake Charles is our newest response site and is developing a team to minister to the Lake Charles area. Currently, the team consists of one couple and two individuals and is still growing. Our heart is to grow closer to the Lord and closer to one another as a team. We have a staff Bible study that we would love to have our interns join us in. We are building relationships with the community, short term volunteer teams, and the church body as we engage in the rebuilding effort.
How is this site strategic?
Lake Charles is an area that is hurting and in need of Christ’s love and the Gospel. We have the opportunity to come alongside people in the wake of a crisis and help with their physical needs- rebuilding their homes, their emotional needs- building a friendship and trauma care, and their spiritual needs- sharing the Gospel and discipleship. We also have the opportunity to build relationships with our volunteer teams and share with them how they can bring back a renewed passion for reaching their own communities.
Have you ever wondered how you can help those affected by a crisis? In the wake of crisis, God creates a mission field and you can be equipped to respond with the love of Christ to those impacted.
Our Crisis Response team is coming alongside Lake Charles Bible Church to begin the recovery and rebuilding process. Beyond the physical damage to homes and personal belongings, there is emotional and spiritual trauma and needs. The sights in Lake Charles can be hard to see. The stories are hard to hear. Roxie’s daughter and grandkids stayed in their house as the roof was being torn off, windows were being blown out, and trees were falling on their shed in the back. Those are sights and sounds that they will never forget. This is part of the mission field that crisis creates- the opportunity to share the love of Christ with hurting people.
We are inviting you to partner with us to see God rebuild lives through a movement of disciple-making, trauma care, and kingdom growth.
How You'll Serve
- Hosting short-term mission teams and encouraging them to take it home
- Helping restore homes (We can teach the skills you will need)
- Active listening to homeowners as they share their stories, and sharing encouragement with them
- Leading prayer walks through communities we are serving
- Partnering with local churches for community outreach
- Helping with administrative office work
As of right now we are anticipating interns being hosted by local church family
What’s included in the price:
- On-site ground transportation
- Most ministry expenses
- Orientation and Debrief
- Travel Agent
- Apex Shirt (we knew you were wondering!)
Not included in the price:
- Plane Tickets
$550 non-refundable deposit is due April 15, 2021(this is not an additional fee, just the first $550 of your trip).
Full trip cost is due June 1, 2021.