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The morning started with Pastor Berry Chatas, from Rock Hill, South Carolina speaking to Cajun Navy Foundation volunteers over their Zello channel. He said this prayer:

Father God, we thank You for the Cajun Navy. Father, today I ask that You guide their steps, that you would give them the courage, the endurance that they need today. I pray that you would walk with them, Father. God, I pray that you would keep them focused on everything they need to do. We thank You for the Cajun Navy, Father, these men and women that just step out to dedicate themselves to an enormous task. I pray that you will bless their families as they are away from their families today. God, I pray that you would give them just a huge blessing today. Lord, we thank You, we love You, we adore You, Father. We pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Finally, Pastor Chatas assured the Cajun Navy Foundation volunteers, “We appreciate you and we are praying for you. God bless you all.”

Starting the day with a group prayer is just one example of the positive interactions you might hear on CNF’s Zello channel. When dealing with a disaster situation, all their volunteers – whether dispatchers, citizen boots on the ground, those dealing with social media or many other tasks, understand the significance of staying centered and encouraging one another.

Cajun Navy Foundation’s primary purpose is to bring people together to facilitate citizen-led disaster relief. Choosing to focus on that purpose (instead of on the many complications that may present themselves) empowers the volunteers to remain calm and encouraging, even in the face of chaos.

Currently, victims of Hurricane Michael are watching their worlds fall apart. They need a listening ear to hear their concerns, a calm voice to raise their spirits, a caring heart to share their burdens and a helping hand to lift them up as they recover. Cajun Navy Foundation volunteers know that while we cannot always control what is happening around us, we can control how we respond.

If you would like to become a Cajun Navy Foundation volunteer, donate supplies or request donations, please visit