Urgent Need in West Virginia

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We’ve been contacted by NAMB to assist in the flooding in W.V. We have immediate needs for mud-out teams to work out of Charleston, W.V. We also have an immediate need for a laundry trailer in a different area. If you or your unit is available to respond, contact us as soon as possible. If there is an individual without a team, but you’re willing to go, contact us also. Call, or email wjones@tnbaptist.org.

FORMER TBC STAFFER MIKE OVERCASH DIES

Mike Overcash

By Lonnie Wilkey, Editor Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD – Retired Tennessee Baptist Convention staff member and long-time disaster relief volunteer Mike Overcash died June 8 following an apparent heart attack. Overcash, 80, a former employee of LifeWay Christian Resources who served several Tennessee Baptist churches as minister of music, was on the staff of the TBC from 1995-2001 as computer services specialist and as interim director of Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief in 2015.

DR Teams Called Out

BRENTWOOD — Ten­ne­ssee  Bap­tist  Disaster  Re­­­lief volunteers have been asked to respond in the wake of deadly storms and flooding that occurred across the nation during the Christmas holidays. As of Jan. 4, 11 states had Southern Baptist Disaster Relief vol­unteers serving at min­­is­try sites in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisian­a, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. “The lives of so many families and communities are forever changed,” observed Mickey Caison, interim executive director of SBDR. Wes… Continue reading

Contributions Accepted for Dec. 2015 TN Storms Recovery

On December 23, storms producing tornadoes and straight-line winds roared across our state.  In the path of these Christmas season storms, lives were lost, homes, businesses and property were destroyed. Governor Haslam has declared a state of emergency.  And your TBC Disaster Relief staff, led by Wes Jones, has been preparing to respond. A fund has been set up for the response to the December 2015 storms in Tennessee. Please visit our Contributions page to… Continue reading

DR Concludes in SC, Travels to TX

MOUNT JULIET — Just after concluding five weeks of work helping flood victims in South Carolina following Hurricane Joaquin, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers traveled to south Texas to help flood victims there. One great result was that the first day they served, Tennessee Baptists saw two people make professions of faith, reported Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist, Tennessee Baptist Convention. The team of eight are serving in Weslaco, Texas, near the border with Mexico… Continue reading

First Flood Recovery Team Deployed for SC

Please pray for our teams as they serve in South Carolina. Carolyn Watson will leading our first flood recovery team from the Cumberland Baptist Association. They will be leaving Sunday for SC. Their team will be serving with the North Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief.  (In order to serve, you must be currently credentialed with the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief.) In the meantime, prepare yourselves in case we are called upon.  Check over your equipment and… Continue reading

Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina

NAMB: Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina slammed into Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi coast. The deadly storm became the most expensive natural disaster in United States history. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were among the first to respond to the need. This video looks back at how they served and how the lessons learned still shape Southern Baptist relief efforts today.    

DR Volunteers Serve Tornado Victims

from the Baptist & Reflector: SWEETWATER — As Kenny Witt, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer of Madisonville, drove down a rural road near Sweetwater by homes and property, he saw more trees damaged by the tornado and storms which struck Monroe County July 14. He stopped at a house which had downed trees but didn’t find anyone home. Witt went further down the road to the next house and found the owner of the previous… Continue reading

TBC Names New Disaster Relief Leader

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.— The Executive Board Ministry Staff of the Tennessee Baptist Convention has named a long-time disaster relief and ministry veteran to lead its state disaster relief effort. The appointment culminates a nearly one-year national search process. Wesley A. Jones, a former state disaster relief leader in Iowa and former International Mission Board missionary in Guatemala, was chosen to fill the role of Disaster Relief Specialist. The announcement of Jones’ hiring comes after disaster relief… Continue reading

DR Trailer Stolen in Oklahoma, Found

from the Baptist and Reflector LAWTON, Okla. — A trailer being used by a Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief team serving here June 23 was stolen and then found unharmed and intact that evening. The reporting of KSWO-TV Channel 7 and a lot of prayers were the keys to the recovery, reported Doyle Pittman, director of the team. The trailer was stolen from First Baptist Church West in Lawton overnight as the team slept at the… Continue reading