Canton Adventist Church Raises Funds for Louisiana Family Who Lost Everything to Flood

The Canton Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Georgia is raising money to help victims of devastating floods in Louisiana.

Two weeks ago record rainfall saw rivers overtop levees, leading to widespread flooding in over 20 parishes. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' office has estimated that 60,646 houses were damaged

President Obama toured the affected area, pledging government aid, but warning that it would not be enough. “Federal assistance alone is not going to be enough to make people’s lives whole again, so I’m asking every American to do what you can to help get families and businesses back on their feet,’’ he said.

USA Today reports that more than 100,000 individuals and households have registered for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has approved more than $127 million in assistance.

Very few Louisiana residents have flood insurance, and many households lost everything. Among them are the Broussard family (Roger and Cheryl Broussard, their three children: Michelle Broussard Raborn, Christie Broussard Creighton, and Roger Lee Broussard, and 6 grandkids).

The Broussards from Prairieville, Louisiana are long time members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and are graduates of Bass Memorial Academy in Purvis, Mississippi. The Canton Adventist Church has started raising funds to help the family after they lost everything.

From the Canton Adventist Church website,

Last week’s flooding has destroyed all four of their homes and possessions, as well as rental properties they used for their livelihood. Their homes were positioned on high ground so they had no flood insurance, and due to some technicalities, only one of the homes qualifies for Federal Disaster Relief from FEMA. All four families have lost pretty much everything they own.

Canton Adventist Church is hoping to raise $40 thousand to help the Broussards begin to recover.

Donations are being collected through the Adventist Giving online portal with 100% of funds going directly to help the family.

The congregation in Canton has raised money for community members with specific needs and shares the stories on the church website. The website also includes photos of the flood’s aftermath. Those interested in contributing to this effort may do so there.

Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.

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Jared, thank you so much for highlighting this project. I’m proud to pastor a church that believes we are called to tell Jesus stories wherever we can! You are helping us make a difference.

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Your former pastor Todd Leonard should be very proud of you and your efforts to ease someone’s pain.

Has your Path To Shine program begun for the new school year yet?
St Francis and Christ Church in Macon begin our program in 2 weeks. It will be our 7th year. This will be my 6th year driving the Christ Church church bus to pick up our kids from school. The first year we used the Tutor cars, and was not ideal. We have Episcopalian, SDA [me], Presbyterian volunteers in our program.

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This is a truly worthy and wonderful project. From what I understand, the lack of flood insurance is a major problem in this territory because it is so prone to such disasters; hence few insurance providers will sell such coverage to customers. (One Union president told me that we lost at least 15 churches during the Katrina disaster, but because of the lack of insurance on account of the reason noted above, the denomination had to find other means to recoup the losses.) These are moments when the people of God must come together and provide not only for fellow believers, but as far as they are able, for others in need as well.

They design homes for earthquakes and they design homes for hurricane storm surge on stilts.
What is it about louisiana that they cant build on stilts too?
Its not like their floods are 40 feet deep. The insurance company would insure homes/buildings if the owners didnt insist on building them in a manner guaranteeing 100% loss the next flood too.

This is what happens if you build in the wrong place–you get flooded. In my county it is illegal to build a house in “the flood plain” where there is some probability that it would be flooded by the local creek. I built my house on the ridge. There are large areas in Louisiana where there should be NO building done.

My husband was a Louisiana native (north LA), but well aware of southern part of the state, having attended LSU in Baton Rouge. I’ve lived along the coast of Alabama and Mississipi. When we built in Fresno, a flat, desert area, the rains produced a 50-yr flood not seen since we built our home. But that year, a large 5-acre “lake” extended for l/4 mile just south of our lot. While all the homes were built on concrete slabs, we built on wooden stilts with “crawl space”. Several years later, many homes had to be sand bagged and had water on ground floors. The terrain should decide your building site.

Some of those Cajun natives survive because they build on stilts down in the bayous.

Thanks Steve, yes the Path to Shine program is going strong. And Todd created a culture of service that is still present. He is missed!