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Over the last fifty years, the Mississippi Delta region has undergone several changes with sometimes devastating effects.
 

In East Carroll and Tensas parishes in Louisiana,changes in farming technology and loss of jobs for locals have forever changed the local economies and created an increase in the number of people living in poverty.

Together for Hope-Louisiana, a ministry of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is a national rural poverty initiative working to offer hope in some of the poorest counties and parishes in the United States. 

This is done by listening to local leaders and others who work among the poor in these areas, building relationships of trust with them, learning about existing resources, and walking alongside them to find solutions. The hope is also for all of us to become more attentive to the needs of the poor in our own communities. 


We work with local residents, state and regional Fellowship groups, churches across denominational lines, faith groups, non-profits, and other organizations to maximize local resources, empower community members, and make a difference in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25: 31-46).

Launched in 2001, the dream for Together for Hope developed out of the Fellowship's Global Missions commitment to most neglected peoples. It was decided to research the counties with the highest percentages of their total population living below the nationally established poverty line, based on the 1995 census. 

In Louisiana, our work is focused in East Carroll Parish (Lake Providence, parish seat) and Tensas Parish.

Volunteers participate in house repair, church construction, health care, clothing, literacy, food supply, recreation, Vacation Bible Schools, economic development, job skills training, and a variety of community development activities.


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