We had to beg this lady to take a pic. She is one of those folks who like to give with no fanfare. However, we must highlight her for a sec.
Melody came in one day to help us with donations and ended up encouraging a young lady we are currently loving through her struggles. She planted a huge seed in this precious girl about taking recovery seriously. Then, she offered to come in and clean our storehouse every other week. She is a business woman who owns her own cleaning service and super busy, yet she comes in on her dime to clean our little hub of hope and love. She is meticulous! I have never seen our place so clean.
CLEANING WITH CARE is her company and they live up to that name.
Thank you Melody!
I may have a bee in my bonnet about people who use the plight of the vulnerable to make profit, (disaster profiteering) however I absolutely appreciate and adore business owners who give into their community. Thank you Emma’s Shoes for always supporting James Storehouse and the youth in transition we serve. Stephanie Hines, you are so good to us.
The birth of the The Cajun Navy … and to unity once again arising in our frail nation battered by division. The spirit of division tried to come into and overcome Louisiana, but the truth was revealed through our trials.
My favorite part: “Out of the swamps and backwoods emerged unsolicited men and women sent to rescue.” That is SO The Lord. He is famous for qualifying the called. No rock stars, just good ole neighbors.
This was authored and posted by Darren Hernandez via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/darren.hernandez.9/posts/1233468703343694)
THE CAJUN NAVY
In the wake of all the chaos in our nation following the racial divide incited by our supposed leaders and main stream media, and bearing the loss of three good men in blue, we (Louisiana) were struck again. Families, friends, and civilians had not yet wiped away all the tears fallen for these three brave men. Even God cried with us.
On August 12, 2016, “the storm with no name” set in on southern Louisiana, and the tears of God began to fall. For the next 56 hours, torrential rain fell and fell and fell. It even rained in Tiger stadium. Between 15-20 inches of rain was the average that fell upon us with several areas reaching nearly 30 inches. All within 56 hours. Soon, southern Louisiana and her people would begin to realize the dangers that would ensue. We were blind sided. Although we’ve been battle tested through history by some of the strongest hurricanes imaginable, no one ever saw this coming. Some experts say this was a once in a thousand year event.
The flood waters began to rise. They began to rise and they did not stop. Within a matter of hours, our people saw their homes take on anywhere from 3 inches to 10 feet of water. No one had time to evacuate. Even those that tried would learn that the roads leading into and out of our neighborhoods were impassable. People by the thousands were stranded and scared for their lives. After weathering countless hurricanes through time, there was no foreseeable reason to run from a storm with no name.
From the depths of the swamps and the backwoods emerged an unsolicited fleet of men and women with intent to aid their brothers and sisters of this great state. Men and women equipped with the proper tools, equipment, and experience needed to take on such a task. Some of those in response had lost everything to the flood waters themselves. But they came. They came by the hundreds from far and wide. 4×4’s pulling aluminum flat bottom boats rigged with outboards and surface drives. The only type of equipment that could get the job done. Nobody asked them to, they just came for the love they had in their hearts for Louisiana and her people.
THE CAJUN NAVY WAS BORN!
She was born and she was a well oiled and well prepared beast of a machine! Local officials had not the equipment nor the man power needed to take on such an endeavor. Cajun Captains and Sailors were launching their vessels and headed out into the unknown, putting their own lives on the line. For the next three to four days, both night and day, they patrolled the flooded neighborhoods pulling men, women, children, and pets from the water stricken lands. It didn’t matter if you were rich or poor, black or white, foreign or native…..this Navy was coming to save you! For if it had not been for the many men and women of all colors, races, religions, and nationalities of this Navy, thousands of people could have perished.
It’s only in looking back now that I have come to see that it was God’s tears that were falling and caused this great flood. His tears caused us to unite. It came in a time when we needed it most. Let Louisiana and The Cajun Navy become an example to the rest of our battered nation. It’s time to rise above and unite. “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”
I salute the brave men and women of The Cajun Navy
Please share this with anyone you know that was part of the efforts, they deserve to be recognized:
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Please don’t buy a T-Shirt, trinket, or anything for that matter using the flood disaster for profit. Give because it’s the right thing to do. Give because you want to help folks.
I am over people selling products using the underserved and disasters to do so. If you need a mug, buy one. If you want to help a family in need, serve one. At some point, making profit off the less fortunate or hard-hit gets gross even with the best intentions. Ok, rant over…
Nothing inspires me more than seeing ordinary people do extraordinary things. I have seen miracles at James Storehouse – Louisiana where fishes and loaves just multiplied and angels came at perfect times. THANK YOU Pastor Ron Sessum (pictured here with our beloved volunteer from Kiwanis of Greater Covington, Sandra Breaux) and SHILOH COWBOY CHURCH of Coffeeville, Mississippi for stopping in and blessing us with resources and a generous donation. Shiloh Cowboy Church consists of 25 members and gave like giants! You folks are the salt in our communities. Thank you for loving Louisiana.
James Storehouse – Louisiana has packed up 3 trucks, 1 Jeep, and 5 cars this week to serve kids in transition due to the floods. It is all Jesus, what is happening here as the state pulls together.
We are seeing miracles as far as resources appearing exactly when needed and the exact items that are needed, groups appearing when you need someone to deliver the resources God gives us, and the overall practical function of God-empowered unity where even small communities are doing the recovery work for tens of thousands.
At James Storehouse – Louisiana, we get donations of the exact supplies/resources needed for a particular shelter or home acting as a command base for the flooded neighborhood. We give down to the wire only to see ten times more come in immediately after releasing the resources. Nobody is hoarding at this time and we are seeing God’s hand move, and multiplying. There are no mavericks in “great works”… just many willing and available empowered by a faithful God.
Thank you to everyone’s support!
Folks, please give monetary donations to churches and local organizations if you want to help in Louisiana’s relief efforts. Red Cross dropped the ball on a few critical commitments in the area and are not reliable. Not reliable, meaning not showing up when promised.
From Haiti to Katrina to the floods 6 months ago to this current disaster, when are we going to learn that dollars are best spent on those who are doing the work and keep their promises. We cannot afford to give recovery dollars to administrations when folks are still trapped in homes and kids have no clothing, shelter, and food.
Whether its a natural disaster or disaster in the home displacing kids with only the clothes on their backs, these bags come with all the essentials and are critical support in these times of transitions.
We greatly appreciate your support and love!
I really couldn’t get a good pic of what was happening today because things were so crazy, but we cranked!
James Storehouse – Louisiana was jammed packed with volunteers today from First Baptist of Covington, Church of the King, and St. Timothy’s along with our own staff packing boxes full of nice clothing, bedding, toiletries, baby essentials, and toys to be delivered to the children, teens, and single moms affected by the floods. You know it’s bad when folks can’t even get to you… you must find a way to get to them at the emergency shelters.
Thank you to those making the trip to ensure these folks get what they need! It takes a village and mobilized local communities are proving to be the best response to these disasters. Thank you to everyone who has given to JS. You have supplied so many with so much today!
I’m so blessed to do life with these folks right here at the James Storehouse – Louisiana. My heart is full tonight as we went deep on the subject of forgiveness. We then prayed for one another. Thank you Jesus for your love and faithfulness toward us.