Florence Update

DOM’s, Team Leaders and Secretaries, I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on what is happening and where we are at. Currently we have the Sullivan Baptist Association feeding unit on standby.  On the phone call this afternoon, they are trying to get permission to activate 4 more feeding units, but ARC must get approval for these sites.  We do not know if we will be one of those additional units they will… Continue reading

Please Pray for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

Dear Tennessee Baptists, As I write this letter, Hurricane Florence is making landfall along the East Coast. The satellite images of this storm have been awesome. The breadth and intensity currently reported promise a sizeable impact and catastrophic damage for some areas. Please pray for God’s intervention, for those affected and for the Disaster Relief volunteers preparing to respond. I am always burdened for those in harm’s way when I see natural disasters wreak havoc… Continue reading

Preparation for Hurricane Florence

DOMs, Team Leaders and Secretaries, If you have been watching the news, you know that the East Coast is bracing for the possibility of Hurricane Florence hitting the coast really hard. In light of this, I am asking all team leaders to put your volunteers on ALERT for possible deployment after the storm passes.  From what they are saying we many need all types of teams from Feeding, Chainsaw, Flood Recovery, Chaplains, Assessment, Shower, Laundry… Continue reading

40th Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Anniversary Video

We want to personally thank each of you who were able to come and celebrate the 40th Anniversary celebration on July 14 at the Missions Mobilization Center in Mount Juliet. The MMC itself is a testimony to God’s working through long-time TBDR volunteers Don and Ann Davis and their desire to see TBDR flourish well into the future. We had a good time of fellowship and heard from different volunteers and two of the former directors… Continue reading

Teams Continue to Respond in the Aftermath of Maria

Disaster Relief teams from Tennessee continue to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean. Teams continue to go and do rebuilding in Puerto Rico, fixing up homes and churches. Teams going to Dominica continue to work on devastated homes, putting on roofs and helping to rebuild structures. Gifts and teams have helped set up a block plant in the La Plaine section of the island.  Continue reading

Flood Recovery in Maryland

Team Leaders, Secretaries and DOMs, We received notification Sunday that they need Flood Recovery teams in Maryland in response to the flooding that happened about 3 weeks ago.  If you can put together a team to go, please contact George Blevins at the address listed below and also copy Elizabeth eholmes@tnbaptist.org and myself wjones@tnbaptist.org. We do not have a Formstack link as of yet, but you should be able to find it on the dropdown… Continue reading

Report From Connecticut

Below is the first report from Team 7 now in Southbury, CT. Please keep them high on your prayer list. Connecticut Team 7 is Led by Jack Thrall and includes: Ray Vanyo and Amy Jones (this is their second trip to CT) along with Brock and Kathy Henry of Jefferson County. Hello From Conn., Good morning Tennessee friends, we are just getting ready to deploy out to a home where the lady has been trapped… Continue reading

DR: A Storied History and Bright Future

From Baptist & Reflector By Randy C. Davis TBMB President & Executive Director An EF5 tornado dropped from the skies five years ago and roared across Oklahoma’s open spaces at 200 mph. It locked on Moore, Okla., then slammed into the modest Oklahoma City suburb filled with middle-class, salt-of-the-earth people. It bulldozed an elementary school. It was over a mile wide and ripped a 17-mile path through the heart of that city. The devastation was… Continue reading

East Tenn. DR Team Goes Above and Beyond

From Baptist & Reflector SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Myron Havrilchak, a resident of Southbury, Conn., was among the thousands of homeowners who saw their houses and property substantially damaged by the tornadoes that recently swept through the area. And yet, when the members of the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief team arrived at the Havrilchak residence on May 26, they quickly realized Havrilchak had something on his mind that meant more to him than brick and mortar…. Continue reading

Tennessee DR Teams Asked to Mobilize for New England

From Baptist & Reflector FRANKLIN — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief teams are being asked to mobilize for relief work efforts in Connecticut after tornadoes swept through New England last week. The line of storms, which included two EF-1 tornadoes, caused severe damage to several towns in Southwest Connecticut. The storms destroyed roughly 200 homes and damaged about 800 more. New England DR teams are working quickly to mobilize, but are in need of assistance. Tennessee… Continue reading