Immanuel sent a mission team to Baton Rouge during September 5 through 8 to assist in the flood recovery efforts. The team worked in two buildings for The Arc Baton Rouge, a community-based program which provides a variety of support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The primary focus was gutting sheetrock (eight classrooms, multiple offices, four bathrooms and closets); debris removal; removing a stove; removing and/or salvaging sinks and modular office panels; and clean-up. Immanuel’s mission team also delivered $1,995 in Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowe’s gift cards; non-perishable food items; hand-made care cards from the ILS 2nd grade class; and 200 daily devotion booklets to Trinity Lutheran Church, which will be distributed to families in need in Baton Rouge impacted by the flood. We collaborated with Pastor David Buss of Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge, Pastor Ed Brashier who serves as the LCMS Southern District Disaster Response Director, and Lutheran Church Charities in conjunction with our flood recovery efforts. The August 2016 flooding in Louisiana is the biggest U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012.