I had the opportunity this morning to get an update via Skype on Kentucky Baptist disaster relief work in Minot, North Dakota, from volunteer Karen Smith. More than 130 Southern Baptist volunteers in disaster relief units from 20 state conventions are currently deployed to assist flood victims in the city. Kentucky has 16 volunteers on the scene right now serving this week and next.
The flooding in Minot, a city of 41,000, occurred when the Souris River overwhelmed its banks on June 22 inundating more than 4,000 homes. Although the flooding has been severe, it has gotten relatively little attention by the national news media.
I’m grateful for the work of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Disaster relief responses like this are made possible through the Cooperative Program as well as special designated gifts. For more about Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, visit http://www.kybaptist.org/dr
If you’ve had a chance to serve in disaster relief or have possibly been on the receiving end of disaster relief services, feel free to share some of your experiences here on the blog.
You can download .mpg and .mp4 files of this video here. Feel free to share this video with your congregation so they can see and hear how Cooperative Program dollars are at work right now, equipping Kentucky Baptists to offer hope and help to hurting people.