By Compiled by B&R, BP reports

Send Relief partners distribute blankets to survivors of the earthquakes in Turkey. In addition to blankets, The magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Monday, Feb. 6, followed by hundreds of aftershocks. Media outlets reported more than 22,000 deaths as of Feb. 10. — Photo provided by Send Relief

MOUNT JULIET — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief is partnering with sister organizations of the field to bring help, hope and healing to people affected by multiple, massive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, according to Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

More than 22,000 are dead following two major earthquakes that rocked southern Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6. Thousands are injured and millions of people have been affected by the disaster.

In Turkey alone, more than 64,000 have been injured as a result of the quakes and aftershocks, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He said nearly 7,000 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

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Officials from both countries say dozens of countries are assisting in recovery and relief efforts.

Due to security concerns in the area, we are not being requested to send teams,” Jones said.

“That is why we are supporting the effort through the connections we have that already have a presence in the area and have access to bring the materials,” he continued. See list on the left (click to enlarge) for the list of items needed for the earthquake victims and where the items are to be delivered.

“We are also seeking funds to help provide the shipping of these items and purchase items that can be obtained in the country,” Jones said.

To share in giving to this project, you can go to www.tndisasterrelief.org/contributions and click on the “Give Now” button and then choose “Turkey/Syria Earthquake Response” fund.

“Please pray for the families affected that they will come to know the light in the middle of this dark time,” Jones said. “Pray for those serving in the area for safety, health and effectiveness as they seek to minister in a difficult situation,” he added.

Mass Feeding Team and Flood Recovery Teams Needed; Also IMT Team Needed

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This week will wrap up operations in Wauchula, FL.  Great work has been accomplished by all the teams that served.

  • Flood recovery teams are needed the weeks of October 31 – November 12, 2022.  Please schedule your team with Wes Jones and Elizabeth by email – wjones@tnbaptist.org or eholmes@tnbaptist.org.
  • A Mass Feeding Team of 4 is needed for November 11-20, 2022 in Venice. You will be feeding approximately 100+ volunteers.
  • An Incident Management Team is needed from October 23- November 12, 2022 in Venice.

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Standby – Hurricane Ian

Source: NOAA

We are asking Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers to put the following types of units on ALERT for possible deployment to Florida if needed. Chaplains, Assessors, Chainsaw, Flood Recovery, Tarping, Incident Command, Mass Feeding, and Shower and Laundry Units. Pretty much every type of team. We are NOT responding yet. Look at your schedule, see if you can respond if called upon. Get your units checked and ready to respond. Begin praying NOW about the path of the storm, those in its path, those that will be responding and most of all God will be glorified and many will come to know him as Savior. Continue reading

God is Doing Great Things in Kentucky!

Amidst the Tragedy, Hope!

Volunteer teams from Tennessee and Ohio, have been be hard at work in the Carrie, KY area assisting homeowners that were affected by the torrential flooding that took place throughout at least 12 Counties that have been declared Federal Disaster Areas by FEMA.
SBDR Teams from multiple states are working alongside Kentucky DR to meet the needs.
Tennessee has in place and IC, Shower Laundry Units, Chaplains, Assessors, Feeding Team, Heavy Equipment, Debris Removal and Flood Recovery Teams.
The great thing is, that through our site, we have seen 7 people come to trust Christ as Savior so far.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the hearts of those we come into contact with so that they will be encouraged and many more trust Christ as Savior.
One trusted Christ as the team from Ohio traveled down and stopped to get a bite to eat.  As the chaplain shared with the waitress, she trusted Christ as Savior.
Another volunteer went to get something out of his truck, when a person came up looking for some supplies. As they talked, the volunteer was used by God to lead that man to faith in Christ.
A number of people in the area who attended the church we are serving out of have said they are planning on coming back to church.
Praise God for what the Holy Spirit is doing through the Volunteers that are serving.

More Flood Recovery Teams Needed for Kentucky

We are in need of more Flood Recovery Teams to serve the people affected by the floods in Kentucky.

If you can gather a team and go support these folks, who have lost so much, please look at your schedule and then email drelief@tnbaptist.org and wjones@tnbaptist.org. If you prefer to call, please call the DR Response Phone at (615) 969-0410 and they can give you the most accurate information.

Tornado Updates

Bethpage Baptist Church, in Gibson County.

Team Leaders, DOMs, AMSs, and Secretaries,

Yesterday’s storms, as you probably know by now, did damage in at least 5 states including TN.  There is quite a bit of damage in Union and Weakley Associations.  I know there was damage in Dixon, Nashville, Hendersonville, and Mt. Juliet.  If any of you are in these areas, have you been out assessing?  What does the damage look like, and do you see any needs?  If you know of other areas affected by the storms, please let me know. Continue reading

Important Update – Waverly, Johnson County, and Louisiana

Unit Directors, DOMs, AMSs and Secretaries,

There are many things to update you on regarding Waverly, Johnson County, and Louisiana.


I cannot say, “Thank You” enough for all those teams, churches and individuals who have showed up to support the Flood Response in Waverly.  I want to especially thank Kathy and Brock Henry, and Bill Lowe who have overseen the operation.  Because of the work you have done in a relatively short time, we are closing the “Response” part of the work.  You have cleared over 215 work orders and those that remain should be finished up by the weekend.  For those of you that were still planning on going to Waverly in the coming weeks, please, Stand Down.  If you took a team and did not fill out Formstack, please go into the App and do that. Continue reading

Waverly Update & Ida Alert

Unit Directors, DOMs, AMSs, Secretaries,

I want to thank all of you who have been working so hard to meet the needs of those affected by the flooding in Waverly.  You have been doing an incredible amount of work!  But there is still much to do.

Hurricane Ida is set to hit Louisiana tomorrow and if it goes as they predict, it will be a major hurricane.  Now the question arises how does that affect us? Continue reading


Unit Directors, DOMs, AMSs and Secretaries,

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The damage caused by yesterday’s rains in the Waverly, Dickson, McEwen, and surrounding areas is tremendous.  Last night they were reporting 10 dead and 20 still missing.  The waters rose extremely fast and were swift.  At least 3 of those who died were swept out of their parent’s arms.  I cannot even begin to imagine the heartbreak that would cause.

Therefore, I am putting a number of Unit Types on STANDBY for possible response.  That said, what I need from each the following types of units (Flood Recovery, Chainsaw (for trees that have been pushed down by the water), Feeding teams (small and large), Chaplains, Shower and Laundry units is the following information: Continue reading