Friday, May 2, 2008

Responding to Those in Need

Later this month I will be representing the Baptist General Convention of Missouri at a disaster relief network meeting in North Carolina. The North American Baptist Fellowship (a regional fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance) is in the process of building a NABF Disaster Relief Network. The planning committee leading the process has scheduled a Disaster Relief Network Development and Training Session for May 21-22, 2008 in Cary, NC. Representatives from Baptist bodies from across North America will be present to explore how we can work together to respond to all types of disasters.

The session will cover topics such as:
1) Overview of NABF Disaster Relief Network
2) Timeline of a Disaster
3) Disaster Relief Coordinators Role (organization and volunteer management)
4) Models of Disaster Relief (things that you can do to minister after a disaster)

The Baptist General Convention of Missouri has been developing a Disaster Relief Ministry over the past few years. We have a brand new Chain Saw Unit equipped with state of the art saws, safety equipment, and other tools for relief ministry. Gary Hurst, a member of First Baptist Church in Savannah, is serving as our Coordinator for the Chain Saw Ministry. Several have participated in one of our regional training events for volunteers. Our next training event is scheduled for June 14th at University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield. You can contact Gary for more information at gd_hurst@yahoo.com or (816) 324-3761.

When disaster comes it is always important to know you are not alone. The NABF Disaster Relief Network will allow our convention to partner with Baptists across North America and around the world to respond to disasters. We anticipate expanding our ministry into a variety of response teams during the coming years. Let us know if you would like to volunteer by calling (888) 420-2426 and talking with Veronica at extension 703.

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