HOW YOU CAN HELP IMMEDIATELY, WITH DISASTER RELIEF
A portion of the Bahamas has been ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, and many portions of Texas and the Mid-West have recently had historic flooding. You may be asking yourself how you can help our neighbors recover from these devastating events. The South Carolina Baptist (“SCBC”) Disaster Response Ministry is actively involved in a response to all these areas, and there are several ways you can help:
Pray for the people involved and for the volunteer responders who are helping them recover;
Write a check to Earle Street Baptist Church and mark it for “Disaster Relief,” and we will make sure it goes directly to support disaster relief services;
Go online to www.scbaptist.org/dr and make a donation to disaster relief by credit card/debit card or eCheck;
Volunteer to join other ESBC members on a disaster response team. You can see a list of the different teams provided by SCBC and sign up for training at www.scbaptist.org/dr – but you must receive training. Disaster relief training sessions will be held at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia on Saturday, October 12. Other training will also be provided in coming months, including training in Greenville in April 2020. The ESBC National Mission Team will pay for training and travel expenses for disaster volunteers. Contact Mike Brown at 608-3454 or Chuck Emory at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need additional information.
Recent Communication from South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief:
This is an Official SC Baptist Disaster Relief Call-Out in response to east Texas floods.
The Greenville Baptist Association (GBA) Mud-Out Unit, SC MT 004, is planning a response as follows:
Depart Greenville: Saturday, October 5th arriving on site Sunday, October 6th
Work Mud-Out Monday, October 7th through Thursday, October 10th
Return to Greenville: Depart Texas Friday October 11th arriving home Saturday, October 12th
If there is an available volunteer with a pick-up truck willing to tow the Unit, it will save us the cost of renting.
Drivers qualified/experienced towing a trailer are needed whether renting or not!
Please reply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you are available October 5th-12th (negative replies not necessary).
Thank you for your involvement in this ministry Bringing Help, Healing and Hope in Disaster!
In His Service,
Unit Leader, GBA's Flood Relief Unit SC MT 004
Disaster Relief Coordinator, Greenville Baptist Association
DISASTER RESPONSE AT ESBC
How can you help?
PRAY. Please pray for the victims, first responders, emergency and disaster volunteers, church leaders, and others impacted by disasters. Also pray that God will bring more opportunities to our attention for serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in these situations—and in future times of need, as well.
GIVE. Direct contributions to disaster relief can be made at the state level through the SCBC (http://www.scbaptist.org/disaster-relief-donations/) or nationally through the National Mission Board (https://donations.namb.net/dr-donations/).
SERVE. The SCBC Disaster Relief ministry currently has over 5,000 trained volunteers and is supported by 141 units. Disaster Relief ministry is for anyone 18-years-old or older who is willing to give of their time and energy to help others during times of crisis. Training is normally required to go on a deployment with any team.
What can you do?
VOLUNTEER. Volunteers are always welcome to join SCBC’s RebuildSC ministry to help rehab or rebuild damaged houses in the event of a disaster. Individuals with construction experience are ideal, however, there is no requirement that a volunteer be skilled—just willing to serve and follow instructions. Please visit the SCBC's RebuildSC website to learn more and review their brochure to get involved. Additionally, you can contact Mike and Jan Brown (email@example.com), who lead our National Missions Team and who are experienced disaster relief volunteers, or contact ESBC Associate Pastor Chuck Emory (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is one more training opportunity offered this year on Saturday, October 13 at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. The training will offer classes in all the ministry areas of Disaster Relief. Attendees can choose the classes in which they are interested or in which they have skills, as God leads.
A Disaster Relief (DR) deployment is a short-term mission trip to an area of great need. The time to be trained and prepared is before the disaster happens, so that you are ready to go when the storms or floods hit. DR volunteers serve in teams, under the direction of an experienced leader. At the trainings, volunteers receive information on how to get connected with teams so that they can serve. The training classes provide information on how to perform each ministry effectively and safely. Having a Christian influence on the people you serve is, of course, a major emphasis. In DR, you will have the opportunity to bring help, hope, and healing to people who have been affected by disasters.
If you are interested in signing up for training, the church will pay for your transportation and training fees. Contact Mike or Jan Brown (email@example.com) or Chuck Emory (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get signed up.