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Disaster Relief
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WHAT IS DISASTER RELIEF AND WHY DO YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED?

Well, just how do we define a disaster?  A disaster is anything that causes human suffering or creates human needs that the victims cannot alleviate themselves.

More than likely, you or someone you know has ever been in that position?  Disasters don’t all come in large packages like hurricanes or tornadoes.  Oftentimes a disaster can be the elderly neighbor next door that has a yard full of limbs that they are unable to clean up without help.

Whether it is a major disaster that affects hundreds of people or one that only affects your neighbor, the relief is the same, “a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.”  It’s through these efforts that we should apply ourselves to serve others.

MISSION STATEMENT FOR DISASTER RELIEF

To provide physical, emotional, and spiritual help to victims of natural and man-made disasters, including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and terrorist attacks, in North America and overseas

  • Our primary goal is to provide assistance to anyone that is in distress because of a disaster.
  • At every opportunity we must insure that the gospel is made known to each person that we have contact with

Southern Baptist Associations have a rich history and heritage of providing churches the opportunity to work together to accomplish more than they could accomplish individually.

Churches within a local Association also have the ability to assist one another by sharing resources and leadership. By working together they can accomplish tasks too large for any one church. The churches in an Association can accomplish Kingdom purposes by working together.

The question is not whether a disaster will occur in your Association—it is a question of when it will strike. Disasters don’t always occur on a weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a partnership ministry of the state Baptist convention and the North American Mission Board.  Approximately 2,000 mobile units (feeding, chainsaw, mud-out, command, communication, child care, shower, laundry, water purification, repair/rebuild, generators, and others) are established as part of the disaster relief effort.

Disaster Relief units are owned and staffed by Southern Baptist churches, regional Baptist Associations, and the state Baptist convention. Volunteer teams respond to disasters within their own state and work cooperatively with other states in larger emergencies. Teams also work overseas when Baptist Global Response requests help.

Come and work with us to serve your neighbors and help share the Good News of Christ. 

If you would like to know how to become part of a Disaster Relief Team and receive training so you can get involved, please click on contact the Louisiana Baptist Convention or North American Mission Board for more information. Or, simply contact the BAGBR office  at (225) 296-3943.
 

DISASTER RELIEF 2012-2013
Charles Watson, Director

 

Since September 1, 2012, the BAGBR Disaster Response Teams responded to five different disasters for a total of 275 man days of effort.

           

·         Louisiana – two floods

·         Colorado – forest fires

·         Texas – forest fires

·         Oklahoma – tornados

·         Missouri - tornados

 

In addition, we had 170 people attend classes. The classes offered were in chainsaw, mudout, and ashout. If you are interested in training or receiving information, contact BAGBR at 225. 296.3943.

 

 

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