Baptist and Reflector
BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptists are being asked to join other Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers in helping flood victims in Missouri and Arkansas and they have responded, said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
The Midwest has been slammed by severe flooding, CNN reported. Floods have killed five people in Missouri and seven in Arkansas, the news service added.
Residents near the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in and around St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, Mo.; in Arkansas; and in central and southern Illinois were affected by recent rain and resulting flood waters, reported CNN.
To help meet needs in Van Buren, Mo., a team of 11 disaster relief volunteers from Nolachucky Baptist Association, based in Morristown; Weakley County Baptist Association, based in Dresden; and Maury Baptist Association, based in Columbia; began serving May 10. The team included two assessors and one chaplain.
Also a team from Cumberland Baptist Association, based in Clarksville, began serving in Van Buren May 13.
Assigned to Arkansas is a team from Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, which began serving on May 16.
More flood recovery teams are needed to go to Missouri and Arkansas, said Jones.
Finally, DR volunteers are serving across the state, in Sevierville to assist victims of the 2016 fires and of recent strong winds and in Dyersburg after a recent storm.
Jones asked for prayer for the DR volunteers, their safety, work, “and most importantly, that God will open doors to minister to those affected by the storm,” he asked in writing.
To provide support, visit TNDisasterRelief.org/contributions or send a gift to TN Baptist Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024. Write on the check the nature of the designation, which to help flood victims would be 2017 Central States Flood Fund.