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Cold weather blanketed much of the nation this week, bringing freezing temperatures as far south as the Florida panhandle. Make sure you and your family are prepared for the cold. Find resources to help you be winter weather smart in the latest SBDR Update.
Mobilize My Churchfor Disaster Relief
Mississippi SBDR director, Don Gann, reports that volunteers are ministering to the families affected by tornadoes that touched down around 2:30 p.m. CST, Dec. 23, in the Columbia and Laurel areas of Mississippi. Local SBDR teams began assessing damage and providing assistance soon after the storms cleared the area. Gann reports they are clearing rubble and making temporary roof repairs for families whose homes were damaged.
Pray for these volunteers and those they are serving. May every life touched experience the true meaning of the birth of the Christ Child, Emmanuel, God with us, and find comfort in His presence.
Volunteers are urgently needed in New York and New Jersey to complete repairs of homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Southern Baptists have been ministering to families in the region since the days just before the storm roared ashore leaving behind thousands of wind and flood damaged homes. Volunteers are needed to replace drywall, install floors, doors and cabinets and compete finish work. This year the Christmas and spring break projects will be on Long Island with housing in a dormitory on the New York Institute of Technology campus. Find out more about the project and how you can be part of continuing efforts to bring help, healing and hope to the people of New York and New Jersey here.
SBDR volunteers, a Colorado Baptist congregation and a Texas layman were used by God to draw a Colorado flood survivor to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Read more of their story in this SBDR Update.
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.
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!
"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
Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Service Jack Shelby - IL Baptist State Association
Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement Kay Cassibry - Mississippi Baptist Convention Board Paul and Tommie Palmer - Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention
Distinguished Service (in 2013) James Irvine - Louisiana Baptist Convention Gene Jones - Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Dave Karr – Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Bill Prindle - Montana Southern Baptist Convention Larry Rundle - State Convention of Baptists in Ohio Den Smith - Indiana Baptist State Convention
Learn more about the disaster relief awards.
Donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
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.
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