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Gary Floyd (far right), disaster relief director for the Northwest Baptist Convention discusses plans for ministry with his DR leadership following the Oso, Wash., mudslide. Read more in the latest DR Update.
Mobilize My Churchfor Disaster Relief
“When a disaster like this happens, it touches the deepest part of our being. At one minute, there was everything; a minute later, there was nothing, There’s no way we can make sense of this, except that God is in control.” – Enio Aguero, chaplain coordinator for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in Oso, Wash.
An Illinois 10-year-old raised $2,000 to purchase chainsaw equipment for Disaster Relief ministry with a story she wrote.
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.
Disaster relief volunteers continue to minister in the Philippines, assisting IMB personnel and local Filipino Baptists in ministry efforts.
Photo left: Volunteers from Illinois are rebuilding a school on Gibitngil Island.
Donate Now to support the Southern Baptist response in the Philippines.
Desperation drives Filipinos to take shelter in cemeteries
Philippine typhoon: 'a call to action' for global compassion
Learn more on the Baptist Global Response website.
"My life has literally been on hold for 11 months. It took me months to finally pick up the phone and say, 'Help,'" said Michael Raab, N.Y., homeowner. Read his story.
Skilled drywall finishers are urgently needed in New York. Visit the Sandy Recovery website at namb.net/Sandy for more information.
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 Randolph - State Convention of Baptists in Ohio Denny 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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