|Port Sulphur Baptist Church in Louisiana - its former building rendered a metal shell by Hurricane Katrina - nevertheless is helping 20 other New Orleans-area churches recover from Hurricane Katrina's impact. Photo by Keith Manuel |
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--First Baptist Church in Covington, La., distributed $10,000 checks to 20 churches in greater New Orleans in mid-October.
First Baptist members raised the $200,000 by adding 10 percent to their tithes and offerings each week over the last year; if someone planned to give $40, they wrote the check for $44. The extra gifts went to a special fund.
“Our church has been tremendously blessed, and that’s why we want to give,” said Waylon Bailey, pastor since 1989 of the church where about 1,600 people gather each Sunday to worship.
The checks are going to churches that are striving to thrive despite the devastation wrought by last year’s hurricanes, the pastor said. Read More