I’m Going Over the Edge

Friday, June 19th, I plan to go “Over the Edge” by rappelling down a high rise building in downtown Baton Rouge.

I hope you will support me as I do so. Martha wants you to pray, and I want you to give for needs of foster and adoptive kids and families in Louisiana.

We have a family problem in Louisiana. On any given day, there are approximately 4500 children in foster care in our state. That is a tragedy in itself. The greater tragedy is that there is a significant shortage of foster families to care for these children.

The area with the greatest need in the state is the Covington region.

The shortage of homes often means siblings are separated or children are moved from one home to another. Some homes are overcrowded.

Children are in foster care through no fault of their own. Most are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

You and I can help. I intend to rappel and give to Crossroads NOLA, a non-profit agency that came out of FBC New Orleans, to help alleviate the problems associated with foster children in our state. Crossroads NOLA partners with the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home to care for the orphans in Louisiana.

In addition to me, pastors David Crosby (FBC New Orleans) and Ken Schroeder (FBC Mandeville) will go over the edge as well.

Crossroads NOLA is seeking to raise $30,000 for Give NOLA day, May 5. Would you help us?

We are going over the edge to call attention to the needs of families in the state and to raise money and awareness of what the church can do.

After all, there are 4500 kids in foster care and 5700 churches in Louisiana. We can follow the biblical mandate to care for widows and orphans and make a difference in our state.

On Tuesday May 5, you can donate at givenola.org and designate your gift to Crossroads NOLA. Crossroads NOLA will use our gifts to advocate for children in Louisiana.

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10 Comments


  1. Jim Matthews
    Apr 25, 2015

    Need any more people to rappel. I would love to rappel again. Jim.


  2. Deanna
    Apr 25, 2015

    Awesome cause close to our heart! We will pray and we will give and pray for your safety too!


    • Waylon
      Apr 27, 2015

      Thank you. It should closer to all of our hearts. God loves widows and orphans. We should love those God loves.


  3. Celia Sims
    Apr 27, 2015

    Proud of you and I will be praying fo you and Martha.


    • Waylon
      Apr 28, 2015

      Thank you. I’ve had several veteran rappellers who have volunteered to go with me.


  4. Kim Carver
    Apr 28, 2015

    So proud of you, Dr. Bailey! Thank you for living out and reminding us of James 1:27!


    • Waylon
      Apr 28, 2015

      Thanks, Kim. I look forward to joining you by going “over the edge.” By the way, I don’t intend to look down!


  5. The Millers
    Apr 28, 2015

    PRAYING for foster children, Crossroads NOLA, all rappelling and their families. and the response of the church!
    Can you guess which one of us would absolutely shimmy down the side of that building alongside of you like it’s nothing? He’d be like a kid at the water park getting back in line to do it again and again. Purpose driven adventure, nothing like it!
    I hope video will be available to share.


    • Waylon
      Apr 29, 2015

      It’s been amazing how many people would like to join me. I hope I agree with them after it’s done!

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