Archive for April, 2015

I’ll be going “over the edge” with Pastors Waylon Bailey and David Crosby if Crossroads NOLA raises $30,000 on GIVE NOLA DAY — May 5.

God has used Anna Palmer, the executive director of Crossroads NOLA, along with Tyler Sandifer, the director of program management, to touch my heart concerning one of the greatest needs in our state. I had no idea that on any given day in Louisiana about 4,500 children are in need of foster care. That’s tragic enough; however, the need for foster parents falls well short of the need. My heart has been broken over the tragedy of children in such dire circumstances of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The shortage of foster homes means that siblings can end up being separated or having to be moved a multiple of times. crossroadsnolalogoNew1

I’m grateful to the Lord that He has called out several in our church family to take the foster-parenting journey or to make this a matter of prayer to determine how we can all come to the aid of the children in need in our area. One way we can all help is to give to Crossroads NOLA on May 5.

Some of you have asked Gayla about why she’s letting me do such a thing. I will confess that I submitted to some peer pressure! However, I believe in this cause. I want you to give. I also want you to consider prayerfully how you might go further and determine how you will join in meeting the needs of some children in our area. That might come by providing support and encouragement to those in our church who will provide foster care, or might come by preparing to become a foster parent.

Give NOLA Day is Tuesday, May 5, and is hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Give NOLA Day is the community’s largest one-day, online giving event. On that day, go to givenola.org and choose Crossroads NOLA from the list of nonprofits. All money raised will be used by Crossroads NOLA to connect children to families.

I hope that the goal is reached! When it occurs, I’ll have plenty of time to get ready for “the leap” over the edge a high rise building in Baton Rouge on Friday, June 19.