This guest post is by Coy Webb, Disaster Relief director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Webb and other members of the KBC Missions Mobilization Team blog at http://www.kyandbeyond.com.
I typically take a list when I shop for groceries. I do it for this reason.
In the midst of Oreos, the Breyers Ice Cream and the Doritos, it is easy to forget the bread. It is important in a sea of choices not to forget the main item.
Kentucky Baptists have been invited to partner with Baptist Global Response to serve as the primary responders to regional disasters in Africa.
Working through international missionaries—and Ashland-area natives—Mark and Susan Hatfield, we will partner to send teams to sub-Saharan Africa to assist in the wake of disasters such as flooding an brush fires, which can wipe out whole villages and crops.
We will also seek church and associational teams to meet critical human needs through strategic community development projects in the region.
Africa is a vast continent, a place of breathtaking beauty, incredible wildlife, gracious generosity, and endless potential. The land is rich in people, diverse tribal culture, and strong family ties. However, it is also an area ravaged by poverty, hunger, disease, and war. The AIDS pandemic alone has left over 16 million orphans and millions upon millions of child-headed homes scattered across this scarred continent.
God is calling Kentucky Baptists. Calling us to pray for the people and tribes of Africa. Calling us to go with disaster relief to flooded communities and villages destroyed by fires. Calling us to share food and care in refugee camps where thousands have been driven from their homes. Calling us to send our medically gifted to facilities deep in the bush to meet basic needs and to offer training in places where few have any medical care. Calling us to bring construction skills to restore and build new facilities for Baptist hospitals and ministry centers. Calling us to dig wells and bring water purification to lands where a child dies every 20 seconds from unclean water. Calling us to go and minister to seas of orphans scattered all across this vast continent. Calling us to bring His compassion to the forgotten and the broken in the uttermost places.
I would offer this one reminder as we go:
Do not forget the Bread.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of life, He who comes to Me shall never hunger…” (John 6:35)
It is right for us to go bearing medicine, clean water, food, and helping hands; but let us not forget the most vital of all: the wonderous, life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
Remember the Bread.