Dedication Ceremony , May 24, 2018
I got the opportunity to go to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to volunteer with Franklin Grahams Samaritan's Purse to help rebuild houses damaged by flooding in 2016. The storm produced over 30 inches of rain in 48 hours, overwhelming the drainage system in place. Over 20 parishes (counties for everyone else) were inundated with flood water. On Thursday of our trip, we got the honor of attending a home dedication where the homeowner is officially given their home back. In the dedication ceremony, the homeowner is given many other thing besides the keys to the house. They are first and foremost given a brand new family Bible, because God gets all the glory for what was done. We can do nothing without Him. Next they are given a photo book of all the photos, start to finish, of all the workers who volunteered their time and energy. Then they are given a book of inspiration with words of encouragement from those volunteers and staff. Lastly, the outside walls of the house are anointed with prayers of peace, strength, joy, hope, and love to all who enter the house. It was such a moving ceremony for everyone in attendance to see the homeowner receiving his life back.
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