When disasters strike both here in Louisiana and throughout the world, churches are often the first to respond by sending teams of people, food and supplies.
Celebration Church in Metairie is no different. They're gearing up to help Joplin tornado victims and Louisiana flood victims.
“Here at this campus we lost everything,” said Pastor Watson.
Flood waters stayed inside the church for two and a half weeks. Heavy winds blew the roof off the building. Then, hundreds of volunteers rushed to their aid.
“We were amazed at the response coming from people and churches across the nation,” he said.
So when the church first heard news that the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Floodway, putting hundreds of homes and businesses at risk of flooding,
Celebration Church sprung into action.
“Right away we began to contact pastors that potentially could be flooded to let them know our church stands ready to help. “If people need temporary housing we're willing to house them here on our campus,” said Watson.
Church members aren’t limiting their outreach to Louisiana though. They've sent people to Haiti, Tuscaloosa, and most recently, Joplin, Missouri to help with tornado relief.
“We're collecting food, baby supplies, trash bags, water, anything people may need right now. And perhaps we will send trauma counselors to help people process the trauma and results of those tornadoes,” said the Celebration Church Pastor.
“Jesus said if anyone wants to be a leader in my kingdom they must become a servant to others. That's who we are, and also, we are so grateful for the assistance we received following Hurricane Katrina,” said Watson.
Five years following the catastrophic storm, Celebration Church finished rebuilding and members now worship in their new home at the same location.
It’s a testimony to their resilience, and hopefully a symbol of hope for other communities taking on the wrath of natural disasters.
Celebration church has four campuses and they’re collecting supplies, food and monetary donations now.
If you'd like to help and give, visit their website for more information on how to contact the church.
Supplies can be dropped off at any of the four locations below:
2001 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 7000
3400 US-51 Laplace, LA 70068
7500 W Judge Perez Dr Arabi, LA 70032
1151 Manhattan Blvd. Harvey, LA 70058