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Millennial floodwaters, sparked by upper-atmospheric rain bands from Hurricane Joaquin, covered much of Columbia, Charleston and other cities and towns across South Carolina Saturday and Sunday, Oct, 3-4, claiming as many as six lives and causing the shutdown of Interstate highways and scores of evacuations. Southern Baptist are preparing to help, as forecasts call for more rain and flash flooding in the Carolinas Monday.
Check the SBDR News page for updates on the response.
Mobilize My Churchfor Disaster Relief
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.
The Southern Baptist response to Hurricane Katrina was unprecedented in the number of volunteers mobilized, number of residents assisted, length of the response and resources committed to the recovery of residents and communities across the Gulf Coast. Ten years later we reflect on progress made in the earthly sense and the lasting impact made in the spiritual sense as God used the disaster we call Hurricane Katrina to impact the lives of residents and volunteers alike. Below are a few of those first-hand reflections.
Katrina: Test of Our Faith - Dr. Fred Luter, Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, La.
Katrina: The Gulfport Story - Chuck Register, Pastor, FBC Gulfport, Miss., in 2005
Katrina: We Remember - David Hankins, Executive Director, Louisiana Baptist Convention
Katrina: Defining Moment - Richard Brunson, Executive Director, North Carolina Baptists on Mission
Video: Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina
After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sunday, Southern Baptist personnel in the area began moving toward the quake's epicenter to assess the damage and ministry opportunities. Baptist Global Response (BGR) leads the way for Southern Baptist international development and disaster ministries. BGR has trained personnel in the area and additional personnel are en route. Pray for the people of Nepal as many regions are inaccessible and cut off from aid. Strong aftershocks continue in the region, leaving residents fearful of collapsing buildings. Many are living outside their homes in tents, though their homes were not damaged by the quake. Find out more about the Southern Baptist response on the BGR website.
Tornadoes have already caused considerable damage this year. Are you prepared? Find out more.
Summer collegiate missionary disaster relief opportunity: Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has summer missionary opportunities for college-age students this summer. Students will be trained in the various ministries of Disaster Relief. Student teams will respond to assist homeowners affected by disasters.
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 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.
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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