Tennessee Baptist Assistance Continues

From Baptist and Reflector GATLINBURG — Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB) leaders are grateful for the quick response, both financially and with physical assistance, following the wildfires which struck the Smoky Mountains in late November. What’s more, help will continue in the months to come, leaders agreed. “I am thankful for the quick response of our disaster relief volunteers at the very start of this tragedy in Sevier County to meet the immediate needs of… Continue reading

Gatlinburg Fire Update

I want to thank everyone for their prayers, giving, patience and willingness to serve those affected by the fires.  I also want to thank those groups who went and assisted after the tornados struck different parts of the state.  That did not get as much press because of the situation in Gatlinburg, but I am very grateful for the teams that responded. The area around Gatlinburg was kept mostly closed off to the public until… Continue reading

East Tennessee Fires

As many of you have heard by now, fires are ravaging parts of East TN.  Especially hard hit areas are Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg.  Gatlinburg was evacuated and parts have burned. Kaye Thomas, one our Disaster Relief leaders, contacted the mayor of Sevierville and he requested that we start feeding this morning.  They worked through the night with the help and support of the folks at First Baptist Church, Sevierville to be up and feeding… Continue reading

Gatlinburg Fires – Preliminary Information

All units are asked to be on ALERT for possible response to the East TN area as a result of the fires that are going on all over the mountains. Please pray for those evacuating and all those responding to fight the fires. Pray especially that the rains now leaving Middle TN will make it to East TN and sit on the mountains for a while and push back these fires.

Georgia DR Efforts Winding Down

Baptist and Reflector SAVANNAH, Ga. — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief operations at Southside Baptist Church in Savannah are winding down, said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The feeding unit of Sullivan Baptist Association, based in Kingsport, was sent to Savannah last week in response to Hurricane Matthew. A shower trailer unit from Holston Baptist Association, based in Johnson City, along with chain saw teams from both associations; Cumberland Baptist Association,… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew Response Update

There is a reason why we try and teach fluidity in the Introduction to Disaster Relief class and this week has been an example of that! At this writing, Hurricane Matthew is still pouring rain on the states of South and North Carolina. It was slower in arriving in Florida and moving up the coast than originally thought. Then when it hit, it stayed offshore as it moved up the coast. As a result, they… Continue reading

DR Teams Sent to Florida; Others Will Be Needed in Hurricane’s Aftermath

Baptist and Reflector Photo: NOAA.gov BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptists have been asked to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Oct. 4, causing massive destruction before hitting Cuba later that night. The damage in Cuba was not as extensive as first expected but some areas were hard hit. In Haiti, at least 478 deaths have been attributed to the massive storm and the number is expected to rise.

‘A Lot Of Humanity Is Suffering’ — DR Volunteer

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