Activity Update: January 2016
The Screven Association/Summerville Baptist Church chainsaw team assisted a homeowner on John's Island on Jan. 13. The team, led by unit leader Ron McGuire, had worked on John's Island after the tornado in September, and was asked by the county to return for this additional job. This team was also very active doing mud-out work in the low country after the floods.
A feeding team of 5 people from Shady Grove Baptist Church in the Saluda Association, led by Mrs. Carolyn Tribble, served in Arnold, Missouri (on the outskirts of St. Louis) on Jan. 15-21. They did the meal planning, grocery shopping, preparation, serving, and kitchen clean-up for teams from New Mexico, Missouri, and Nebraska that were doing flood recovery (mud-out) work.
Thirty homeowners have been assisted in the past month by teams working in the RebuildSC projects in Columbia and the Hemingway area. See below for additional information.
2016 Disaster Relief Training Events
You can be prepared to assist in ministry after disasters by attending a Disaster Relief training event. There are many options for serving - pray about how you can be involved, and plan to attend one of the following training opportunities:
One-day Training Events:
- Feb. 20 - First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant
- Mar. 19 - White Oak Conference Center, Winnsboro
- April 16 - New Prospect Baptist Church, Anderson
Click HERE for details and registration for these training events.
Two-Day Training Events:
Two-Day DR Training: March 18-19, White Oak Conference Center. This is an expanded version of the one-day training, for those that want the additional classes and fellowship time of an overnight event. Details and registration HERE.
International Disaster Relief: March 18-19, White Oak Conference Center. This is a 12-hr. course certified by Baptist Global Response (BGR). Details and registration HERE.
DR Chaplaincy Training: March 18-19, White Oak Conference Center. Open to current SCDR volunteers only, this is a 12-hr. course certified by the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Details and registration HERE.
Disaster Relief Newsletter Now Available
Thank you for your patience as the flood response brought a halt to all regular DR activities - the "fall" newsletter is now available online, and has been mailed to all DR volunteers and all SC Baptist churches. Click on the underlined title above for the online version.
Correction to Newsletter: In the section on 2015 activities in the US, we inadvertently failed to list the Spartanburg Rebuild unit. Under the leadership of Paul McKee and Jim Ramey, a group of 11 from this unit served for a week in the Detroit-area Rebuild, repairing homes damaged by the previous year's massive flood in that area. We appreciate their work, and apologize for the omission!
College Students Kick Off RebuildSC
RebuildSC has begun with collegiate teams on their Christmas break working in homes that were affected by the floods. The first group served Dec. 11-16 and included Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) students and directors from Clemson, Spartanburg-area schools, and USC-Aiken. They began work in eleven homes in a Columbia neighborhood where 95% of the houses were flooded. (View a video report by clicking on "Rebuild SC BCM Directors" in the sidebar on the right.)
A second group served Dec. 17-22, continuing work in the same neighborhood. These BCM students were from Anderson University and Charleston-area schools. Both groups were led by Avery Fox, a DR leader and mud-out trainer with extensive construction experience. The jobs were a combination of mud-out work (tearing out damaged areas of flooded houses) and rebuild, as they replaced sheetrock and painted.
Another wave of BCM students served January 4-8, 2016, in the Hemingway area. Francis Marion, USC-Columbia, Winthrop, and William & Mary (VA) are the universities that participated. These college students worked under the direction of North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief, the group that is taking the lead on Rebuild in the Horry County/Johnsonville area.
Other teams will follow the college students, including Disaster Relief rebuild teams, church mission trip teams, and church groups that "adopt" families as a part of the SC Baptist Convention's commitment to assist 1000 homeowners in South Carolina in their rebuild efforts. Click on the title above for more information on how your church can adopt a family through RebuildSC.
Watch here and follow us on Facebook for updates on SC Disaster Relief.
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
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