On Saturday, June 27, following the 2014 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Atlanta, CBF Disaster Response transferred a 20 foot Wells Cargo Trailer and Unifold Portable Shelter System to Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery (TBDR) for use improving both organizations’ disaster response efforts.
CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and CBF Disaster Response Director Tommy Deal met outside the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta to transfer the trailer to Scott Stevens from BaptistWay Press, who transferred the trailer to Dallas for use by TBDR.
CBF Disaster Response acquired the trailer and shelter system in 2006. While working together in Oklahoma last year after the deadly tornadoes, Deal described the trailer and system to Gerald Davis and Marla Bearden, Disaster Recovery specialists for the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). They began to envision how it could be put to use in Texas with TBDR responsible for its deployment and use.
“While we were all working together in Norman and Shawnee last summer it just seemed the Lord was leading us to work together to use these assets together in disaster recovery,” Deal said. “Without question I felt that if they wanted it and could use it, then it would be better situated to be used in the fullest way of its potential.”
Early in 2014, TBDR contacted Deal agreeing to accept the gift along with agreements of collaboration, including co-branding the trailer for use by both organizations to aid victims of disasters across the country. Because of the numerous disasters that occur in the West or Midwest, housing the trailer in Texas would allow it to be deployed more easily and make it readily available when a disaster hits.
“The strength of CBF Disaster Response is not in our numbers, equipment, visibility or presence,” Deal said. “But, in cases just like this, it is in our ability and willingness to partner with others sharing our strengths and working together to be Christ’s Light during a dark time.”
CBF Disaster Response continues to define itself as a significant player among voluntary organizations who are active in disaster relief. As a member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and represented in many of its state/region VOADs, CBF Disaster Response continues to learn and improve its ability to mobilize its constituency within their own community and beyond.
Financial contributions are an expedient way to give directly to needs being met on the ground. With financial gifts, CBF can wire money to help meet immediate needs. You may give online or mail a check to:
CBF Disaster Response Ministries
PO Box 101699
Atlanta, GA 30392
Please make checks payable to CBF designate “Disaster Response-17000.” All contributions are tax deductible and will be directly used to help those affected by disasters.