Cenla churches answers call to help Haiti

Volunteers at the BJ Maxon Resource Center in Lake Charles unload cases of water that will be sent to Haiti to aid in relief efforts. Photo submitted

Central Louisiana churches are among those throughout the state to answer the call to gather supplies and monetary relief needed to aid Haiti earthquake victims.

That call came via the Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention Inc., which partnered with the National Baptist Convention of America Inc. International, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention and Friend Ship Mission, according to a press release.

In Alexandria, Pilgrim Baptist Church, 410 Solomon St.,  became the staging center to accept supplies from Central Louisiana churches. The Rev. Tom Hamilton, Pilgrim’s pastor, said a tractor-trailer filled with the supplies will head to Lake Charles Thursday morning. Those supplies will be taken to the LHFMBSC’s B.J. Maxon Church Resource Center for processing and loading on a ship that will be headed to Haiti.

The first voyage will be on or about Wednesday, Jan. 27, with more trips in the coming weeks.

Pastor Samuel C. Tolbert is president of LHFMBSC and general secretary of the National Baptist
Convention of America.

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