South Carolina Disaster Relief on ALERT for Tropical Storm Erika Response
Leaders in Florida have asked that our units be placed on ALERT status for a response to Erika. (Alert status means "you may be needed; can you go?") Steps to take:
Pray for those in the path of the storm, and pray about your involvement in a possible response.
Look over your "What to Take" checklist; arrange for items needed.
Think through church, work, and home responsibilities - make tentative arrangements for others to "cover your bases" if you deploy.
Unit Leaders, please check the readiness level of your unit(s): tires ready to roll, supplies stocked, etc.
Updates on possible SCDR responses will be posted here as needed.
Disaster Relief Appreciation Day - Nov. 1, 2015
The first Sunday of November has been designated on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar as a special day to recognize and raise awareness of Disaster Relief ministries. For suggestions on how your church can participate, CLICK HERE.
SC Couples Serve Across the Nation
Answering the call to minister to others, two DR couples from South Carolina have served recently out-of-state. Wayne and Peggy Pendley from Bellview Baptist Church in Woodruff, SC made a ministry connection through a "bear" in the Detroit area. Harold and Barbara Lunsford from Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, SC served as chaplains at the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Click on the pictures to read more...
Financial Donations are being accepted for Nepal earthquake relief efforts- click here to donate.
Ministry Opportunities: Construction & Rebuild
There are numerous opportunities available for construction/repair teams from churches to assist different ministries with their physical facilities. These would make great projects for mission trips! Any church group can participate - do not have to be Disaster Relief teams. Some are in South Carolina; others are further afield:
- Interior Painting - Edisto Island, SC Retreat House
- Building Renovation - Center of Hope recovery ministry, Chester, SC
- Building Repairs - South Jersey churches (also need VBS prayer-walking, etc.)
- Various Construction Needs - Aurora, Ohio area churches (decking, fencing, interior finishing, etc.)
- On-going upkeep & improvements at South Carolina Baptist camps: Camp McCall, Camp LaVida, & White Oak Conference Center
For more details on these projects, click HERE.
Disaster Relief Units in South Carolina
The following are the types of Disaster Relief teams and equipment in our state (click on each for a brief description) :
- Children's Response
- C.O.P.E. (Christian Outreach to People Evacuated)
- Incident Command
- International (Baptist Global Response)
- Mass Feeding
- Water Purification
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
Sue Harmon, Operations Manager