Annual SC Disaster Relief Awards- Part One
Two SC Baptist Disaster Relief award recipients were announced to an audience of new and returning volunteers who gathered for training at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant on February 20, 2016.
The Watson Award
The highest honor given by SCB DR is the Watson Award, which was presented this year to Ron McGuire of Summerville Baptist Church. Ron is the Unit Leader for the Screven Association/Summerville Baptist Church chainsaw unit.
Named for the late Choice and Grace Watson, pioneers in the start-up and growth of SCB DR in South Carolina after Hurricane Hugo, the Watson Award honors an individual or couple who personifies a lifetime of local, state, national, and international service in Disaster Relief. The award was presented by Randy Creamer and Sue Harmon of the SCB DR office.
Ron McGuire served in El Salvador after Hurricane Mitch in 1998, and since then has served after numerous disasters both close to home and across the country. His deployments have taken him to ten US states in addition to his DR work in South Carolina. Most recently, he has given many days performing assessments and leading his unit in chainsaw and mud-out work since last fall’s John’s Island tornado and the October flood.
According to his team members, Ron is the “go-to guy” if there is a need, yet calls no attention to himself as he serves the Lord by serving others. Meeting spiritual needs through conversation and prayer with those affected by disaster “tends to be the underlying spirit and purpose” for Ron’s participation in Disaster Relief. Those in his unit often hear him pray, “May others see the light of Jesus in us.”
The Permelia Creamer Award
This award honoring outstanding service by a woman in SCB DR is named in memory of Permelia Creamer, who showed how to live out the call of a Christian in all that she did. The 2016 Permelia Creamer Award was given to Mary Causey, a member of The Church at Life Park, Mt. Pleasant.
Mary serves with the Charleston Association feeding team, a large and active unit. She is the feeding class trainer for SCB DR, teaching at the state convention’s Disaster Relief training events. She also works alongside her husband when he is deployed to manage a DR command post
The award was presented to Mary by Randy Creamer and Natalie Poepping. “Whether Mary is teaching in the feeding classroom, assisting on a feeding team, or helping her husband run a disaster site, she maintains her sweet spirit and always has a smile and kind words for those around her,” said Natalie. “Mary’s quiet and humble spirit is a blessing. Her willingness to help however she can and her desire to assist in Disaster Relief demonstrates her love for the Lord.”
The recipients of the Buck Buckner Award and the Tommy Thompson Award will be announced at the midlands-area training at White Oak Conference Center on March 19.