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Disaster Relief Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5

November 3, 2017

By Greg Teffertiller

As far as disasters are concerned, 2017 will forever be known as “unprecedented.” Our nation has been impacted by three record-setting hurricanes, regionally pervasive wildfires and localized storms affecting numerous communities. The losses of life and property are more than statistics—they represent people who desperately need hope and healing.

In each of these moments when many families and communities were impacted, thousands of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from 48 states faithfully answered the call. 

“Southern Baptists have responded by serving over 700,000 hours and providing 2.7 million meals,” says David Melber, president of Send Relief. “Their efforts help storm survivors, bring healing to those in need and offer the hope of Jesus Christ in the midst of life’s biggest challenges. Over 500 people have made professions of faith in Christ through the efforts of Southern Baptists.”

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams have become a vital part of disaster relief efforts in the United States. The year 2017 has involved major responses to natural disasters across the country—from wildfires in the West to hurricanes ravaging the Gulf Coast states and the Caribbean. SBDR leaders and volunteers have been ready and eager to respond at a moment’s notice to bring hope and healing during the darkest days of peoples’ lives.

Your commitment of time and energy are always essential to delivering help and hope during times of great need. Southern Baptists are known for compassion and sacrifice. Your willingness to respond at a moment’s notice is a reflection of your dedication to loving your neighbor—even those you’ve never met.

“Because of your efforts and your giving, Southern Baptists are among the three largest providers of disaster relief in the United States,” says Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board. “What an incredible example of how our family joins together to meet needs and, most importantly, share Christ.”

Thank you, Southern Baptists, for reflecting Jesus and faithfully sharing the gospel. You have served well.

Greg Teffertiller is marketing director for Send Relief.

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