Disaster Relief Ministry in Action
A Charleston Baptist Association Disaster Relief unit set up a "cooling station" next to Emanuel AME Church on Sunday, June 21 to give out water to people that gathered there for the first church service after the shooting. This is a great example of local DR units being willing to minister in whatever way possible! They gave out 4,000 bottles of water that day.
Additionally, this unit made up and handed out approximately 1500 "snack packs" to people attending funerals at Emanuel later in the week.
Nepal Earthquake Response
A volunteer from South Carolina is departing on Thursday, June 25 as part of a multi-state BGR (Baptist Global Response) team to assist a village in Nepal.The team will clear rubble, clean up salvaged materials and begin rebuilding a school and homes in the community.
Pray for safety in travel, and for the team to be able to work in the very difficult conditions of both heat and monsoon rains. Pray that they will have opportunities to share God's love with individuals as they work in Nepal. UPDATE: The team has begun work, but two have been hit with stomach/nausea problems immediately upon arrival. Pray that they will be able to overcome this and be effective workers!
Financial Donations are being accepted for Nepal 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