• SBDR in flood and fire responses from coast to coast

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are bring help, healing and hope to residents in California, South Carolina and Texas this week as they assist in cleaning up homes damaged by fire and flood.

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      TBM Smithville 2015 
      Photo above: Texas Baptist Men DR volunteers clean up a home burned during a recent fire in Smithville, Texas.
      SC Flood 2015 - FL 

    Photo above: Florida DR volunteer David Coggins (Leadership Professor at Baptist College of Florida) talks with a S.C. resident about structural damage the heavy rain caused to his home in North Charleston, S.C.

    SC flood recovery continues

    SBDR volunteers save affordable housing complex in S.C.

    Florida DR volunteers bring hope to S.C. residents.

    Texas DR volunteers clean up fire and flood damage.

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    Christmas in Detroit!

    Collegiate 2015 

    People are waiting.

    Homes are ready for work.

    Hearts are open.

    Beds are ready.
    (Sorry, no tents this year. We are sleeping indoors.)

    Get the details.

    Recruit your team.

    Get registered.

    Prepare to be used by God in mighty ways.

    Learn more about Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response activities in the latest SBDR Update.     

    SE MI Flood GridYear-long recovery project underway in Michigan

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers assisted more the 600 homeowners with cleanup after their homes were flooded last August. Now Southern Baptists are returning to southeastern Michigan to help them repair their flood damaged homes. Church missions teams, collegiate teams, individual construction and base camp or office support are needed. The housing is ready with bunk bed dormitories, and there is limited room for RVs for long-term volunteers. Find out how you can help. 


    Getting ready for winter

    Winter has already returned to parts of the Rockies. This is a good time for all of us to stop and think about winterizing our homes, cars and families. Get information on how to prepare for the coming winter on the Ready.Gov website. 

    Evangelism flows naturally from disaster relief service

    Camille. Hugo. Andrew. 9-11. Katrina. Haiti. Tuscaloosa. Joplin. Sandy. Oklahoma City.

    Those words bring to mind disasters of the first order. They trigger emotions and memories difficult and poignant. Southern Baptists have a common response to them all: Help. Read the rest of the story.

    Donating to Disaster Relief

    The desire to do something when disaster strikes is great as the compassion God has put within us moves us to reach out to people in need and touch them with the love of Jesus. Your donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief through the North American Mission Board or the Baptist State Convention where a disaster has occurred is the best way to help Southern Baptists bring Help, Healing and Hope to people and communities. Any financial contribution, no matter how small, is worth more than a box of unsolicited items. Cash really is best! 


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     "Unsolicited donated goods, such as used clothing, require the added cost of storage and valuable disaster response staff and volunteer time, which could be better used helping meet people's real needs,” explains Daniel Stoecker, executive director of National VOAD.

    If you feel God is leading you to collect and donate materials, please do so responsibly by finding organizations that are prepared to receive and distribute the items. You should be prepared to provide transportation for anything you collect.

    Other resources for identifying places to donate during disasters 

             Donate Responsibly - FEMA 

             How to donate - National VOAD 



    The 2015 SBDR Award Recipients

    Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Service
            Jim Richardson - Southern Baptists of Texas Convention

    Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement
            Larry Thomas - Kansas/Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
            Bob and Judi Cook - California Southern Baptist Convention

    Distinguished Service (in 2014)
            Kenton Hunt - Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey
            Dean Kiser - Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
            Bill Johnson – Kentucky Baptist Convention
            Norman S. Oka - Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention
            Bill Surls - Georgia Baptist Convention
            Bill Winter - Colorado Baptist General Convention

    Learn more about the disaster relief awards.

    2014 Activity Report

    2015 Fleet Report


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    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the U.S. and around the world. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100 percent of all gifts are used to meet the needs of hurting people in the wake of disasters. Donations can be made online, by phone 866-407-6262, or by mail. Checks should be made payable to North American Mission Board and sent to Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. 

    Donations to support the disaster relief efforts of state Baptist convention disaster relief organizations can be made to the individual conventions. You can find contact information for the conventions here. 


    2015 Activity Reported to Date

    Professions of Faith 214
    Gospel Presentations 1,325
    Chaplaincy Contacts 5,158
    Ministry Contacts 11,352
    Bibles Distributed 1,454
    Volunteer Days 22,271
    Meals Prepared 126,160
    Chainsaw Jobs 756
    Flood Recovery Jobs 1,232
    Temporary Roof/Repair Jobs 208
    Showers 17,596
    Laundry Loads 4,129
    Children Cared for 2,549