By Tommy Deal
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Disaster Response representatives have assessed the situations in their states following the devastating storm system that struck the U.S. Southeast April 28-30.
After providing assistance in the immediate aftermath of these storms, CBF Disaster Response is now working to assist with long-term recovery operations. CBF Disaster Response encourages individuals and churches who are interested in assisting these recovery efforts to connect with the state representative listed below.
Below is a brief update on the needs and current work being done:
Alabama — The most pressing needs are in the Tuscaloosa and Mobile areas, where significant flooding occurred. Alabama CBF and CBF Disaster Response have sent financial assistance to the following congregations to aid families in need: First Baptist Church of Mobile, Woodland Forest Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa and Locust Grove Baptist Church of New Market.
Alabama CBF continues to assess needs for assistance in the Athens area. To assist in Alabama, contact Lucas Dorion at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 718-9443.
Arkansas — CBF of Arkansas has completed its early work of assisting families with debris removal and preventative repairs. This work has been a collaborative effort involving a diverse group of partners. Along with partner Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery, long-term recovery options will be set up to help those with the greatest need and limited resources. To assist in Arkansas, contact Roy Peterson at email@example.com or (501) 590-6669.
Mississippi — CBF of Mississippi’s disaster response coordinator is connecting with several partners and churches in the Louisville-area to begin formulating a plan to assist in long-term recovery operations. To assist in Mississippi, contact Jim Kirkendall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (228) 229-3331.
All of these opportunities are positively impacted by the generosity and gifts of love and service of Cooperative Baptists as well as other friends. Financial contributions are an expedient way to give directly to help assist in these recovery efforts.
Please give online at the CBF website. You may also mail a check to the following address:
CBF Disaster Response Ministries
PO Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
Please designate all checks to “Cooperative Baptist Fellowship” with “Disaster Response—17000” in the memo line. All contributions are tax deductible and will be directly used to help those affected by disasters.
Tommy Deal is the U.S. Disaster Response Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Contact Deal at email@example.com or (706) 313-5066.