DISASTER RESPONSE AT ESBC
How can you respond?
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?
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.