The east coast of the US had a wild end to the summer… an earthquake and a hurricane in one week! If you’re like most other people, you probably watched videos of people standing outside flooded homes, or saw school buildings standing under water and wanted to know what you can do to help.
The Southern Baptist Convention has a ministry that is designed to quickly and efficiently get the necessary resources and people to a disaster area. I’m going to boast a bit, but the SBC’s Disaster Relief teams and its global counterpart – Baptist Global Response – generally get to disaster areas faster than FEMA and the federal government.
My friend Sam Porter leads Disaster Relief efforts in Oklahoma. Sam and DR teams from Oklahoma have helped in such places as:
- New York City following 9/11
- The tsunami in Thailand
- Hurrican Katrina
- Japan, following the tsunami in 2011
- The east coast following the hurricane this year
- And in numerous places all over Oklahoma following floods, wildfires, and tornados
Our DR teams in Oklahoma respond not only to national or international crises, but we also respond locally within our state. Oklahoma has 4,350 disaster relief volunteers, of which I am one.
Oklahoma DR receive no, that’s ZERO, dollars from the Cooperative Program. All of the ministry for Disaster Relief is supported by gifts to the Edna McMillan State Mission Offering.
We emphasize the State Mission Offering during the month of September each year. If you or your church needs more information about this vital resource for missions and evangelism, go to www.bgco.org/smo.
Your gift to the Edna McMillan State Mission Offering has kingdom impact through disaster relief…