Disaster Relief

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> Updated Fri., April 1, 9:15AM

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that once again you renewed your care for me.”  Philippians 4:10

Louisiana Baptists are once again overwhelmed and supremely thankful for the disaster relief teams from the following states, who helped share the grace, mercy and love of Jesus during the recent flood disasters.

Arkansas • Alabama • Texas – Both Conventions • Georgia • Tennessee • Oklahoma • Virginia • Kentucky • Missouri • North and South Carolina • New Mexico • Illinois • Florida

With the help of these servants we’ve been able to complete 521 jobs. Let’s continue to make a difference in the lives of more. We can’t forget that over 11,000 homes that have been flooded.

We’re overwhelmed by the opportunities to serve. In our own strength, we can’t. But He can. So we can through Him!

Click here to see Disaster Relief in action! (Story courtesy of KALB News Channel 5, Alexandria)

Thurs., March 24 Update

  • 11 States helping in relief effort
  • Current deployment of Units:
    • Shower – 11 units
    • Laundry – 6 units
    • Mud-out teams – 21
    • Feeding units – 5
  • 800 volunteers in mud-out
  • 1459 volunteer days so far and we expect to continue for at least 2 more months.
  • Affected by flooding:
    • Approximately 11,000 homes flooded.
    • FEMA is reporting 18,052 reported homes affected. (Differs from homes flooded)
    • 14 Louisiana Baptist churches flooded.
    • 9 Louisiana Baptist pastors homes flooded.
  • There are opportunities for any person that wants to help through our Disaster Relief effort.

Wed., March 16 Update

  • Floodwaters have damaged more than 7,000 homes in Louisiana and affected 28 parishes, but that number is expected to rise.
  • Under the supervision of Gibbie McMillian, Louisiana Baptists’ disaster relief director, the state has been divided into five regions and incident command centers have been established at First Baptist Church in Haughton, Rolling Hills Ministries in Ruston, North Monroe Baptist Church, East Leesville Baptist Church and Woodland Park in Hammond.
  • Units of Louisiana Baptists Disaster Relief, along with DR crews from 10 other states, are fanning out to minister and help where they can.
    • In Bossier City, mud-out crews from Missouri are already there and working.
    • Units from Kentucky disaster relief are headed for Union and Bienville parishes to assist flooding victims there. They are expected to be in the state by this weekend.
    • Alabama and Oklahoma DR units are taking the Monroe area and units are en route.
    • DR units from Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, as well as some from Texas, are in the Sabine River Valley, mostly in Vernon Parish at the moment
    • North Carolina and Georgia units will be in state by this weekend and they will cover southeast Louisiana.

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Executive Director, Dr. David Hankins, click here.

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The Disaster Relief ministry impacts thousands of lives nationwide, not just in Louisiana.

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Mission Statement

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief is a Christ-centered partnership of national, state and associational ministries serving through the local church to bring help, healing and hope to individuals and communities affected by disaster.

Vision Statement

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief will be a well defined, unified disaster response organization, demonstrating the love of Christ by providing physical, emotional and spiritual help to those affected by disasters.

Core Values

Core Values are the foundation for the ministry that we provide. They comprise the constant guide by which we perform the Disaster Relief ministry and interact with an affected community, our partners, other organizations, volunteers, and Louisiana Baptist constituents. Our uniform colors are gold, as a visible reminder of the worth of every person to God, and blue as a reminder that we are members of God’s family through Jesus Christ.

Christ-centered

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief is composed of individuals who are believers in Jesus Christ. Volunteers are under the imperative to minister to people and demonstrate God’s love as they share the message of hope in Jesus Christ.

(This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? I John 3:16-17 NIV)

Partnership Oriented

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief seeks to be a valuable partner, building strong biblical relationships that empower volunteers to serve communities affected by disaster with passion, integrity, professionalism, and credibility.

(I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6 NIV)

Fluid in Practice

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief’s hallmark is the ability to serve Christ in the crisis. Whatever it takes, we are His hands and feet.

(I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I Corinthians 9:22 NIV)

Effective in Action

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief empowers leaders, volunteers and partners through training, mentoring, accountability, and structure; enabling them to use their skills, talents, abilities and resources to be effective followers of Christ ministering to others affected by disaster.

(Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

Local Church Focused

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief maintains a strategic and intentional partnership with local churches and associations to support, reinforce, and encourage their ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ and growing the Kingdom of God.

(Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)

Motivation

We believe that we are under Scriptural and moral obligation to all mankind to provide a positive witness of the love of Jesus Christ.

Christ calls for all Christians to demonstrate his love in the relief of victims of disasters through the effective and immediate use of the resources, time, and talents entrusted to us by our Lord.

Disasters affect many people. Christians naturally respond to the hurts of those around them and feel an obligation to minister in the name of Jesus Christ. Christians working together can accomplish much for the glory of God (Ephesians 3:20).

Individual efforts may be helpful but are often not as productive as a cooperative, coordinated team response. An individual may have an understanding of his or her objectives but lack an overall ministry picture for the benefit of all. A coordinated, cooperative team effort can harness the desires and energies of individuals into a productive, effective force for Christ.

Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief can provide direction for the potential energy of individuals and churches desiring to be of service in times of disaster. Through planning, training, and practicing, disaster response teams can be positioned to provide leadership and expertise required in times of disaster.

Disaster Relief Is Mission Action

Mission action is the organized effort of a church to minister and witness to people of distinctive needs or circumstances who are not part of the congregation or any of its organizations.

Mission action is taking Christian love into all situations and places of need.

Mission action is the work of dedicated Christians who expand their circle of concern becoming involved in meeting the crucial needs of people in the name of Christ.

Mission action is utilizing natural talents, knowledge, and acquired skills to proclaim the Kingdom of God, share the life of God’s Son, and bear witness through God’s Spirit.

Mission action is commitment to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and a dedication to the needs of others.

Mission action is love in action. Christ, by his example, set the pattern for us to follow. He told us that our mission to share his love was to be done through direct servant roles (Mark 10:42-45; Phil. 2:5-8).

Mission action is allowing people to see we have experienced in our own lives the Christ we now proclaim to them.

Servant Role

The servant role takes an important place in disaster relief ministry. In response, we personally become involved in meeting the needs of hurting people and sharing the truth of God’s love. In disaster relief, we share some of our blessings and our experience with the truth of God by ministering to the needs of whoever comes our way. We are living out the message of 1 John 3:17-19. We become a people who not only talk of being on-mission, but put our words into deeds. We become a people who serve Christ in the crisis.

Credo

“There seems to be no area of mission action that requires more rapid response than during the time of disaster. The disaster comes unexpectedly and with it the opportunity for immediate ministry. If we are unprepared when it strikes and delay action, the opportunity passes with the urgent need.”