Vintage Church just finished a two week ServeNOLA series, looking at how we can continue to serve our city. This past Sunday, we had the Baptist Friendship House with us sharing about the ministry that they do in New Orleans. They specifically minister to the needs of homelessness and sex trafficking. We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Kay Bennett in our worship gatherings, who is the Executive Director of the Baptist Friendship House. The stories that she shared were both eye-opening and powerful. You can watch the sermons and interviews from the past two weeks HERE.
Our prayer as a church family, is that our awareness has been raised of the needs in our city, and that our hearts have become burdened and ready to step in and partner with these ministries.
Here are some specific next steps and ways to serve with the Baptist Friendship House:
- They are always taking donations for their Snack Pack bags that they give to those in need. The donations they take are protein bars, peanut butter crackers, fruit cups and vienna sausages. They can be dropped off at their location on 813 Elysian Fields Ave. New Orleans, LA 70117.
- They are also making backpacks to give away on Friday July 13th at their location at 10am. The next day, on Saturday July 14th at 9am, they will be hosting the event where they will be giving away 5,000 backpacks. 2,000 of them will go towards students going back to school in the Fall, 1,500 will be going to the homeless, and another 1,500 to sex trafficking victims. You can call them to volunteer in any capacity.
- An ongoing opportunity for women to serve other women in need takes place every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11am. On Tuesdays they provide hot showers and skills training for women. Wednesdays they provide breakfast, group therapy and also pottery classes, and on Thursdays they have a Bible Study with lunch afterwards. They are also always taking frozen meal donations to go towards those lunches.
- Trafficking training and prayer walking is also available upon request, with flexible days and times for those who want to have more understanding and awareness.
A few ongoing ways to stay connected to them is through their website, social media and saving their contact information:
- Check out their website at HERE.
- Like their Facebook page at Baptist Friendship House to receive weekly updates on prayer requests and follow them on Twitter at @BFH_NOLA.
- You can also give them a call at 504-949-4469 to reach out about more serving opportunities throughout the year, and if you ever notice anything that seems to be suspicious towards sex trafficking, please call 888-3737-888.