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 Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention, reported that a Tennessee team led by Gary Cate of Knox County Baptist Association served last week at First Baptist Church in Yukon, Okla., helping cut up downed trees.
Jones said Missouri Baptists have asked for mud out teams to assist residents affected by flooding in the state.
He noted three teams were scheduled to leave over the weekend to travel to Elmore, Mo. In addition, five groups of assessors are traveling to Missouri to assist, Jones added.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 615-371-7927.
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 doing mud out just like most Tennessee Baptist DR volunteers did in South Carolina, said Jones.
The team is led by Bill Sartain of Nolachucky Baptist Association, based in Morristown. They will serve about a week. The team left Nov. 14.
Jones said he doesn’t know at this time if any other Tennessee DR teams will respond to the needs in Texas.
For more information on Tennessee Baptist DR, contact Jones at 615-371-7927 or email@example.com.
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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.