2017–2019 Mission Grant 8
NOLA 4H: Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless, and Hurting
Christian Families United for Progress
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Hurricane Katrina was the largest residential disaster in United States history. Twelve years later there is no more federal aid, and many inner-city communities are still hurting. New Orleans has the third highest homeless rate in the nation with 1,700 homeless persons every night, much of this due to the hurricane and loss of homes. Entire neighborhoods were wiped out. Many residents lost friends and family and still suffer from loneliness and depression. Six inner-city LCMS churches, their pastors, leaders, and members have come together to serve Christ by serving their neighbors and providing food and shelter. The NOLA 4H churches work closely with other organizations to support various outreach ministries such as food banks, clothing, toiletries, Bibles, prayer books, counseling, and clinics. Funds will go towards these ministries and equipping each of the fellowship halls in the six churches to serve more people.
WHEREAS, Christ, in His Holy Word, has charged us to reach out to the hungry, homeless, and hurting poor; and
WHEREAS, Inner-city churches are a means of providing mercy ministries and propagating His Word to all people, most especially "the least of these;" and
WHEREAS, The people of Christian Families United for Progress (six New Orleans Lutheran churches with African-American pastors serving the inner city) are unable to finance fully the cost of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and providing healing to the hurting; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the delegates gathered at the 2017 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, vote the sum of $100,000 to help aid the hurting in New Orleans, Louisiana.