Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, at 11:55 a.m. CT on August 29, 2021, as a Category 4 with winds of 150 mph. Fourteen churches were damaged by Hurricane Ida, three major. We are thankful for the prayer and partnership of individuals, organizations, and churches. Many Church of God Men & Women of Action Teams from all over the country provided untold hours of labor to several of our churches. Rio Missions in Townsend, TN sent a team to tear out the damage to the Faith Temple COG in Avondale and are in the process of completing repairs to the New Beginnings COG in Baker. Church members and our local Pastors have labored intensely from the aftermath of the hurricane, providing care, food, supplies, clean-up and construction labor.
As of March 2022 all but four of our churches has been completed. New metal roofs have been installed on Friendswood COG church & parsonage in Houma, Bayouland Worship Center East in Dulac, New Covenant Church and parsonage in Roseland, and the Metairie COG. Much blood, sweat and tears have been invested in these churches. The churches most heavily damaged are in hardest hit area of Houma. Current status of the incomplete churches:
1. Friendswood Church of God—Houma, LA | Pastor Kern Eschette
This is a large facility that suffered extensive damage. The roofs have been replaced; water & mold remediation has been completed. The HVAC system will have to be purchased and installed before interior construction can begin. The HVAC system is $165,000; waiting for FEMA approval.
2. Bayouland Worship Center—Dulac, LA | Pastor Jody Babin
Construction Checklist: Roof repair, carpeting and awning.
3. Bayouland Worship Center East—Chauvin, LA | Pastor Jody Babin
This church was heavily damaged; the second story was completely destroyed. The church was gutted and the second story rebuilt. The roof, interior and sheetrock has been complete.
Construction Checklist: Electrical work, carpet, painting and awning.
To donate to Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief Fund: https://engage.suran.com/cogla/s/give/new-gift