‘A Lot Of Humanity Is Suffering’ — DR Volunteer

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By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector MOUNT JULIET — “A lot of humanity is suffering because so many people are without their homes,” said Don Kohanski, disaster relief director of Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, Hermitage, who has served recently in Gonzalez, La., leading a shower/laundry operation. “What we are doing is being backup for the teams who are really doing the work and helping the public. … We’re trying to help the… Continue reading

Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Receives Call Out For Louisiana

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector MOUNT JULIET — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief shower trailers and flood recovery teams were mobilized by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to respond to recent flooding in Louisiana Aug. 17. Wes Jones, director of Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief, said a shower trailer and volunteers from Hermitage Hills Baptist Church, Hermitage, left Aug. 18 and one from Holston Baptist Association, based in… Continue reading

Louisiana Update: Urgent Request

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Just a short update on what is going on with things in Louisiana.  They are still in the process of beginning to assess the need for teams and finding locations to set up.  According to reports today, some 10,000 people are displaced from their homes in shelters, 40,000+ homes have been affected, 11 dead and over 20,000 have been evacuated or rescued in some form.

Tennessee Baptists Prepare To Help In Louisiana

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Slow-moving storms are causing record flooding and significant damage as they move across South Louisiana. Thousands of residents have evacuated, at least three people have died and there is significant property damage and loss to more than 50,000 homes. At least three interstates are closed by the flooding of the Amite River and much of Louisiana State University’s campus is covered by water. The rising water is the result of more than 27 inches of… Continue reading

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

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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