For most congregations and associations, a disaster response is rooted in a reactive, compassionate response to needs. Whether from personal connections, social media or other media, hearts are moved to “do something.”
More than 100 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more are missing. Meanwhile Southern Baptist partners are providing food and ready to provide further assistance as needed.
On her knees in the midst of the dirt and debris left behind in her flooded home, Saphina Khalfan cried out to God for help.
Within a minute, she heard voices outside. They were Texas Baptist Men volunteers coming to help.
Within just a few days, California has been pummeled twice by extreme weather events called atmospheric rivers.
Texas Baptist Men is responding to a water crisis in an Arkansas town of about 9,500 people on the banks of the Mississippi River.
With snow and ice and single digit temperatures hitting the country in recent days, some areas in Tennessee have experienced water shortages — and Disaster Relief volunteers in the state are responding.
For Jennifer Smith, an Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer from Jacksonville, Illinois, the two weeks she served in Guam in September were hard, hopeful and a regular part of her missions commitment.
“The need for mass feeding in Israel has declined to the point where our Israeli partners can meet the need on their own with TBM-designed equipment,” said Mickey Lenamon, TBM executive director/CEO.
“We lost a lot of possessions, but we have the most important things. Each other and our faith,” said Erik Naylor, newly installed pastor of Lahaina Baptist Church.