September 10, 2021

Dear Friends,

First, we remember and honor the Americans who died on 9/11. That fateful day was tragic, yet the legacy of the selfless sacrifices of first responders and others will live on forever.

9/11: As Events Unfold

Unfortunately, for too many, a lack of gratitude exists for this country, but it was encouraging to see these two young boys who were riding their bikes stop to stand at attention, honoring the funeral procession for a military veteran driving by.

The touching photo is leaving so many encouraged that some young Americans actually do value what matters most!


I’ve wrestled with going forward on LFF's Annual Awards Gala because of Ida recovery efforts. After much prayer, I have decided that a simplified "Night of Hope" must go forward! 

I realize that existing responsibilities may seem more important, but we have lived through these events before and seen public officials, pastors, and even non-profit relief workers drop from exhaustion and a lack of "fresh air." We believe a moment together—in prayer, on purpose, and in the House of God—will be that fresh air to your soul and ours!

With that, I am inviting you to join me on Thursday, September 23rd, at Healing Place Church Arena in Baton Rouge, 6 PM - 9 PM for a simple meal, in simple attire, for recognition of efforts on behalf of Louisiana's families. Your sponsorship is greatly needed and much appreciated. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Pastor Eno Dantin (84) surveying the damage to Lighthouse Worship Center in Galliano. Eno is the founding pastor (retired) and built his ministry and this church with his own hands over 50 years ago. I’ve preached at the Lighthouse many times. My heart breaks for so many whose own situation looks equally dire. Eno’s son-in-law, Dwayne Malone, is currently the pastor and is in exile in Lafayette with 5 other family members awaiting birth of their grandson.


Charities across the Bayou State have been the best, untold good news story - busy serving food and relief items since Ida. These non-profits are seeking donations from citizens across the United States.

Jay Vise of Second Harvest noted that people “who just until a few days ago, were very self-sufficient, are now relying on strangers and reaching out to get help and because of the donations we’re receiving we’re able to help as many people as possible.”

“It’s because someone donated their time, product to us, or donated money. For everybody who’s making this recovery possible, thank you, thank you so much.”


Friends, during these tumultuous times, it’s refreshing to see stories of patriotism, outspoken faith, and generosity.

We are continuing to pray for and serve Louisiana and remain optimistic that you’ll join us at the Night of Hope in Baton Rouge on September 23rd. No suits required, come in your boots and together we will give thanks to whom all thanks is due and those who service has assisted recovery from Ida.

Have a great weekend & God bless,

In His Service,

Gene Mills
Louisiana Family Forum

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