In 1967, Southern Baptists responded when hurricane Beulah ravaged the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas coast, leaving thousands of victims homeless and countless towns and cities damaged. Since then, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has grown into a nationwide network capable of responding worldwide. Over 90,000 volunteers have been trained in disaster relief responding to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, both domestically and abroad. The North American Mission Board, along with State Partners, provides leadership during multistate and international responses.
The Southern Baptist Convention partners with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Mercy Medical Airlift, US Army MARS, other private agencies through National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Matthew 25:35 motivates us to serve that we may give “a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.” A disaster hits suddenly and with it the opportunity for immediate ministry. No area of mission action requires more rapid response than disaster relief. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is Christian love in action, meeting urgent needs in crisis situations.
The Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s Disaster Relief ministry continues to be an outreach to people and communities that struggle with the effects of disasters. Disaster Relief volunteers provide ministries such as: Feeding, Showers, Chainsaw, Blue Tarp, and Communications. Arkansas has over 1,200 volunteers who show Christ’s love by providing for the needs of those who have been affected by disaster. Along with you help we can minister to more.
Click Here for the latest Disaster Relief Training Schedule.
Each training event is for new volunteers. An introduction to Feeding and Recovery ministry will be provided. Chaplaincy and Communication training will not be provided at these events.
New volunteers must be an active member of a local Southern Baptist Church. Any questions please contact Bill Cantrell at 1-800-838-2272, ext. 5249 (in state) or 501-376-4791, ext. 5249 locally.
*This schedule could be changed. Please call the DR office for current or additional information.
You may feel that God is leading you towards becoming a Volunteer Unit Chaplain. Whether you are ordained or a lay person does not make a difference. Speak to your blue cap and see if there are any openings on the unit, and that if you went through the further training would you be appointed. The forms that are here explain the process of applying and what other training you would need.