Friday, November 20, 2009

Chicken, Chicken and More Chicken...






Yesterday we picked up 300 boxes (over 9,000 pounds) of chicken quarters. Yes, I said 9,000 pounds. And we unloaded them and put them in our walk-in freezer at Baptist Friendship House. However, our walk-in freezer is no longer a "walk-in". We filled the freezer to the door with chicken! What crazy and amazing things we get ourselves into! God surely continues to bless us!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fall Festival


The theme to this year's fall festival was, BOOk it, in which children's book characters were highlighted. We had several different games the kids loved, and as always, plenty of food. We also gave away children's books, snack packs and Whole Foods treats to all who attended.

Thanks to all our and volunteers donations for this event. We couldn't have done it without you!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Saints & Feed the Children

Kay with Sean Peyton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

On Friday, October 16, 2007, the New Orleans Saints Offensive team held a fundraiser for Feed the Children, benefiting the Covington Food Bank as well as Baptist Friendship House. Kay spoke briefly about the need for hunger relief in New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Many items were auctioned off to provide trucks of food for the two centers.





** Below is a picture of Kay with the Offensive linemen from the New Orleans Saints.



We all can make a difference in the lives of children that go to bed hungry in the United States. There are many agencies all over the country working to feed hungry families. Baptist Friendship House is one of those agencies committed to providing food for families in New Orleans.

If you would like to know how you can join us in ending hunger in our community, please contact us. Thank you for always supporting us in the ministries at Baptist Friendship House. We cannot do it without your help!

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thanks


Here is a poem written to the staff at Baptist Friendship House by one of our GED students:

Thanks

Thanks for teaching me
All I need to know.
Thanks for believing in me
And giving me the strength to grow.

The words you have said to me
I will always keep deep in my heart.
For they are what gave my life
It's brand new start.

When I look back
On all the times we shared
I will always have the memory
Of how much you cared.

Even though I'll be gone real soon
I don't want you to fret
Because everything you taught me
I will never forget.

I know I said it once
Or maybe twice.
Thank you for the things you have taught me,
And for always being so nice.

by Vonetta W. Taylor
September 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

We {Love} Get Real

Last week we had our friends from Get Real come and minister in New Orleans. They have such a heart for this city. Take a look here at the pictures on their website and see all the great things that did while they were here at Baptist Friendship House.

They minister to the homeless at the Wall (the place where homeless gather at the end of Elysian Fields Ave. and different groups provide meals for them nightly). They brought them hygiene items, held church services, cut hair, provided meals and made relationships.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Up2HOPE 2009

video

We had an amazing summer this year with Up2HOPE. Up2HOPE is an intensive, free program for girls ages 9 and up in New Orleans. The theme of this year's program was AmazinGrace. We incorporated the Amazing Race game with the idea of God's amazing grace in our lives. We took the Fruits of the Spirit for each week as they learned ways to make the Bible real in their lives.

Also, we had many games, learned dance and sign language routines, made several crafts, had new cultural experiences each week, had scavenger hunts, went on field trips and many, many other fun things. The girls were taught Taekwondo and they broke wood on graduation day.

The summer is one of our favorite times of the year. It is always an honor to be a part of these amazing girls lives. Please continue to pray for them to remember what they learned as they start school and make new friends.

Please pray for the summer missionaries as they headed back to their colleges and continue their education (A shout out to Hannah, Darlene, Amber & Charlene!!). We are always so lucky to have amazing young ladies come and serve with us each year. Please continue to pray for the staff at Baptist Friendship House as we continue to reach out to our community.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Health Fair

Every Spring we have a Health Fair at Baptist Friendship House. This is a time we provide basic health care services for the community. Alabama WMU Nursing Fellowship, along with LSU Nursing students and LSU Nurses Christian Fellowship, helped us by providing various services: vision, hearing, glucose, BMI, blood pressure, HIV & TB information, dental, hygiene, nutrition and childcare information. We also had volunteers that provided hair cuts and foot care.


Several people attended the heath fair and received services they don't normally receive. One man was thrilled to have been given glasses. He put them on and exclaimed, "I can see!" He was so proud and made sure to show everyone the glasses.


A few ladies washed and cared for the feet of the participants. Many of them had blisters and sores and the women wrapped the feet up with bandages. They were given new socks and shoes.


One lady volunteered to cut the participants hair. One older man walked in with long shabby hair and beard. The volunteer shaved his beard and cut his hair. He walked out beaming. All those that had their hair cut left smiling and expressed their gratitude for this service.

Can you imagine the luxuries and the things we take for granted--such as shoes that fit, having a hair cut, a shaved beard, and clean socks changing the outlook of one's life? The simple fact that these volunteers were being Jesus to those that came their way. What example to follow!!









Friday, April 10, 2009

A Life Changed

(Photo from WMU: L to R, Janie Wise, LBC; Melanie Fleming, BFH; Karina America, BFH; Jean Cullen, National WMU)

This year one of our women at Baptist Friendship House received the Sybil Bentley Dove Award from WMU!

Read the stories here:

WMU Press Release

MyMISSIONfulfilled

We are so proud of her and are blessed to have currently on staff. God has brought her a long way, and she is always willing to give him the credit for her successes. Please continue to pray for her and her family.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

GE Employees Volunteer at BFH


We had a group from GE spend a service day working at Baptist Friendship House. They did repairs, organized items, put together hygiene items for our our health fair, painted walls and doors and other jobs around the center.





Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Samaritan's Purse


We have been blessed to have Samaritan's Purse (http://www.samaritanspurse.org/) provide volunteers that have done a lot of work at Baptist Friendship House. Their volunteers cleaned out our yard, removed trees off the fence that was damaged from Katrina and put up a new fence. It looks so great!

This week they are building an apartment upstairs for future missionaries. We are praying for a Mission Service Corps couple that feels led to come and minister with us at Baptist Friendship House. If you feel led to serve at Baptist Friendship House, or know someone that may, please contact Kay at kbennettbfh@aol.com.