Updated August 26, 2014
On August 11, 2014 there were torrential rains in the Detroit Metro area that caused major flooding, affecting between 50,000-100,000 homes in some way. Michigan Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) are working together to coordinate response needs.They are operating in the Detroit suburb of Warren, MI, where there is a very high percentage of elderly residents. North Carolina's DR is establishing operations in the Garden City/Dearborn, MI area and has invited neighboring states to participate with them.
Even though there is very little press coverage because other news reports have taken priority, this disaster compares to both the 2009 Atlanta floods as well as the 2013 Colorado floods with even more homes impacted. If you are trained in Flood Recovery (mud-out), prayerfully consider how God would have you respond, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know dates when you can go. The need is tremendous!
When is the next Disaster Relief training?
Sept. 22-23, 2014
6:00-9:00 p.m. each night
We are pleased to announce... a pilot training event held in partnership with the Florence Baptist Association, targeting the Pee Dee area.
- Monday night- Introduction to Disaster Relief for new volunteers
- Tuesday night- Sheltering Basics, led by a trainer from the American Red Cross
There is no cost for the training, but preregistration is required.
Please contact the Florence Association Office to register: email@example.com or 843-662-5921
Mark your calendar to join us in 2015 for a regional training event in one of the following locations. Details about these 2015 events will be provided later.
- February 21, Aiken
- March 7, Florence
- April 18, Spartanburg
As announced at last fall's training at White Oak, we have moved away from holding large-scale training in the fall, so that training events will not overlap with hurricane season.
It has been a busy summer for shower units in South Carolina! Ten different units served in approximately 31 different events or ministry weeks, supporting mission projects and providing ministry throughout the state. Some units served for one week or long weekend; others were used multiple times. Some were moved to various locations, while one unit spent eight weeks serving in the same location as different mission teams rotated through each week.
Many of the units provided shower facilities for youth groups on mission trips, including World Changers, the Methodists' Salkehatchie mission project, SummerSalt Atlanta, and others. Some units supported other types of mission projects such as sports camps, and one laundry unit even did a stint at the Little League World Series, washing the uniforms of young ball players as a ministry to the participating teams!
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked on those shower units. Your efforts made it possible for many people to serve the Lord on mission this summer!
2014 Chaplains Conference
Sept. 22-23, 2014
White Oak Conference Center
Although not a Disaster Relief-sponsored training, this event provides an opportunity for SCDR-trained chaplains who are interested in further training. It is sponsored by the SCBC Missions Mobilization Group.
Helpful for all chaplains and pastors, the event's intended focus is on training those who serve people that suffer losses - physical, relational, material, and other ways. Those attending the full conference will receive a certificate of accreditation from the Critical Incident Stress Foundation for CISM: Grief Following Trauma. Click Here for information/registration.
Disaster Relief Office
The Disaster Relief Office strives to train leaders, develop new teams, and lead in Christian discipleship and evangelism in the area of Disaster Relief as SC Baptists bring help, healing, and hope during local, state, national, and international disasters.
Randy Creamer, Director
Disaster Relief & Men's Ministry Office
803.227.6174 (Direct Line)
Or, NEW DR OFFICE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
800.723.7242 (Toll Free)