Governor John Bel Edwards has extended Louisiana’s stay-at-home directive to last through the month of April, in line with President Trump’s recommendations. Louisiana is, at the time of this writing, one of the hardest-hit areas in the world as it relates to COVID-19, and measures to slow the spread of the illness are necessary in the eyes of our leaders. 

With many in our state facing uncertainty with work, bills, childcare, medical care, and more, this is a time for perspective. This is a great season to be alive, if you happen to have some answers… we have the answer, as champions of the family and traditional values, we now must practice what we preach, and stay attentive for ways to serve the families within our sphere of influence.

Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed the CARES Act, an unprecedented stimulus that infuses the economy with trillions of dollars – with hundreds of billions of those dollars being sent to individuals and families who need cash to pay expenses in the coming weeks.

The Secretary of the Treasury said last week that he expects all payments to be made within a few weeks. Most payments will be near $1,200 per adult, unless you made over $99,000; you can calculate the estimated payment you will receive here.

If you filed your taxes within the last two years, you do not need to apply for this money. If the IRS has your direct deposit information on hand from a previous tax return, funds will be automatically deposited into your account or a check will be sent to the address on your tax return. Payments will be calculated from your 2019 tax return, unless you haven’t yet filed it; in that case, it will be calculated by your 2018 tax return. 

June Medical Services, an abortion clinic in Shreveport, continues to ignore orders to close up shop, despite state mandates requiring that all medical and dental providers halt elective and non-urgent procedures in order to preserve masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19. These items are already in extremely short supply. Abortion clinics should be willing to give up the taking of life for a few weeks while doctors work to save lives.

Attorney General Jeff Landry released a statement reminding abortion clinics of the closure mandate. 

More than 550 Louisiana pastors joined U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, Congressman Mike Johnson, and Attorney General Jeff Landry on LFF’s conference call Monday morning to discuss the church’s role in overcoming COVID-19, and to pray for our state in the midst of this major health concern.

If you are a pastor who couldn't make it, you can click here to listen to audio of the call. If you're looking for information for church aid for your ministry, you can find more information here.

Hundreds of those churches have also joined the Unite 7:14 movement, a Louisiana-initiated weekly prayer project that brings people of all denominations together to plead for deliverance from the COVID-19 illness. If you haven’t yet joined, we encourage you to do so by clicking the button below.

 
 
 
 
 

Fear has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours."

Zig Ziglar

 

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