Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I give thanks to God for
all of you. As Hurricane Isaac approached, made landfall, and slowly crept
its way northward, many of you prepared yourselves not only to weather the
storm’s fury, but also to help those affected by rain, surge, and wind.
While the territory within our Diocese was spared the most severe effects
of Isaac, we did receive evacuees in several places and provided support to
first responders. Here is what I find most exciting. Congregations took initiative.
Camp Hardtner readied itself. We responded at the grassroots level.
Yes, I did monitor the situation by checking in with Convocational Deans and
spoke with Camp Director Jason Ezell. And, I connected with Disaster Relief
Coordinator The Rev. Liz Ratcliff and her successor The Rev. Mitzi George,
who themselves prepared to coordinate efforts. Everyone had already taken
The point is that from the ground up we were the Church in response to human
needs arising from the storm. The Diocese is not located in Pineville. It
is in every congregation, in each set of hands, and in every beating heart
throughout Western Louisiana. And that heart is a servant’s heart. Thanks
be to God!
On another note, I want to share an interesting article about evangelism with
you. It describes a ministry whose premise is one I share. Instead of focusing
on getting people into church, let’s take church to where the people
here for the article.
It is such an honor to be your bishop. Remember that I love you and that my
love for you is a reminder that God loves you. By God’s grace, each
of us can be just that kind of reminder to someone today. You certainly are
In Christ’s Love,
The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D.