WHAT IS DISASTER RELIEF AND WHY DO YOU
NEED TO GET INVOLVED?
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.
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.
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.
STATEMENT FOR DISASTER RELIEF
provide physical, emotional, and spiritual help to victims of natural and
including floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and terrorist
attacks, in North America and overseas
primary goal is to provide assistance to anyone that is in distress because
of a disaster.
every opportunity we must insure that the gospel is made known to each
person that we have contact with
Baptist Associations have a rich history and heritage of providing churches the
opportunity to work together to accomplish more than they could accomplish
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.