Disaster Response / Newsroom

CBF focus is overlooked communities in response to Michael, Florence

October 12, 2018

By Aaron Weaver

DECATUR, Ga.— In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which brought devastation to Florida’s Panhandle and other areas stretching across the southeast, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Disaster Response personnel are working to assess damage and prepare for recovery efforts.

CBF Disaster Response is making preparations in partnership with CBF state/regional organizations and are waiting to receive reports from CBF churches in the affected region. As this work begins in Florida and Georgia, recovery efforts are in progress in Trenton, N.C. and Conway, S.C. following Hurricane Florence. Recovery work will soon begin in Whiteville, N.C.

While some organizations focus on early response, search and rescue, and immediate emergency relief, CBF Disaster Response is guided by its unique focus on long-term recovery in communities that tend to be overlooked.

“This long-term approach is particularly crucial this year as there are so many communities that have been impacted by hurricanes Michael and Florence as well as those still affected by the storms of 2017 and before,” said Rick Burnette, who directs CBF’s domestic disaster response work. “Ultimately, the extent that we can respond directly depends up your financial contributions received and the commitment of volunteer teams to serve those in need. We are sure that, once again, the CBF network will rise to the challenge.”

CBF Global Missions Coordinator Steven Porter added that while CBF has received an encouraging number of volunteer requests following Hurricane Florence, financial donations have been few.

“Whether we’re experiencing fatigue due to the increasing frequency of these disasters or we’re simply becoming numb to the news reports, I want to challenge our Fellowship to come to the aid of our churches in these areas and their communities,” Porter said.

“St. Basil the Great reportedly said, ‘The bread in my cupboard belongs to the poor.’ Perhaps we could add that the drywall in my shed or the extra $1,000 in our mission committee budget belongs to the folks suffering in the Carolinas, the Gulf Coast or Sulawesi, Indonesia. Even a small gift multiplied across our Fellowship can make a huge impact. Won’t you give generously today?”

Support CBF’s Disaster Response work today with a special gift. Your donation will change lives. Give your gift at www.cbf.net/dr-give.

If you prefer, you may also give by mailing a check payable to “CBF” to:

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
PO Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
*be sure to include “Hurricane response” in the memo line


CBF is a Christian network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry eff­orts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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