DR VOLUNTEERS DRIVE ‘MILES FOR SMILES’

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Volunteers with Appalachian Miles for Smiles provide dental care for patients in East Tennessee.

Volunteers with Appalachian Miles for Smiles provide dental care for patients in East Tennessee.

KINGSPORT — Jim Ramey is a busy cattle farmer here who also is disaster relief director of Sullivan Baptist Association, based here.

Recently he served a week in Savannah, Ga., leading a feeding unit operation for victims of Hurricane Matthew.

Before that he served with the Appalachian Miles for Smiles mobile dental clinic at Sullivan Baptist Church, Kingsport. Right after being a disaster relief volunteer in Savannah he drove the dental clinic to another church in Kingsport and the next day to Elkview, W.Va.

Ramey and several other Baptist disaster relief volunteers are very involved with the dental clinic ministry. It was the idea of Frank Waldo, one of the DR volunteers, though he had never seen one. He has heard of one for children operating on the west coast.

About 20,000 people in this area “have access to inadequate or no dental care,” said Waldo, a member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Kingsport. [Read more…]

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DISASTER RELIEF VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

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Wayne Parker of First Baptist Church, Powell, was one of many Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers who worked in the Carolinas and Georgia in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Recovery and clean up, especially mudout volunteers, will be needed for weeks in North Carolina, according to DR officials in the state. Tennessee Baptists interested in volunteering in North Carolina can contact Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention, at wjones@tnbaptist.org.

— Photo by Casey Jones, North American Mission Board

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RECOVERY STILL NEEDED IN N. CAROLINA

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Disaster Relief volunteers assist homeowner Lois Richburg with damage to his home and property from Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Geoff L Johnson/NAMB

Disaster Relief volunteers assist homeowner Lois Richburg with damage to his home and property from Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Geoff L Johnson/NAMB

CARY, N.C.  — Scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of 1999’s Hurricane Floyd are playing out across a 250-mile stretch of North Carolina. Already North Carolina Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, and those from seven other states, have served Hurricane Matthew survivors by preparing more than 400,000 meals from six SBDR kitchens.

North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief director Gaylon Moss said some of the same areas affected by Floyd were hard hit again by Matthew. Moss said volunteer days served in North Carolina have already surpassed 7,000. [Read more…]

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TBC STAFFER SEES JESUS AMID DEVASTATION

By Libby Eaton
Information Specialist, TBC

Libby Eaton

Libby Eaton

I saw Jesus today.  Literally.  He laughed, He sang, He cried, and He worked.  Hard.

I was with 31 students from Belmont University and Tennessee Tech University. These students decided they would be the hands and feet of Jesus during their fall break from school. We all traveled to Baton Rouge, La., to serve as disaster relief volunteers for the victims of the devastating flood there on Aug. 12.

We left Tennessee Oct. 7 and headed to Walker, La., a suburb of Baton Rouge. Though they arrived at all hours of the night (and early morning) all of the students were present for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall of our host church, Judson Baptist Church in Walker. [Read more…]

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BCM STUDENTS USE FALL BREAK TO MINISTER

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Leann Yuill, a student from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, was one of almost 70 Baptist Collegiate Ministry students from across the state who spent their fall break helping flood victims in the greater Baton Rouge, La., area. — Photo by David LaMar

Leann Yuill, a student from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, was one of almost 70 Baptist Collegiate Ministry students from across the state who spent their fall break helping flood victims in the greater Baton Rouge, La., area.
— Photo by David LaMar

BATON ROUGE, La. — Nearly 70 Baptist Collegiate Ministries students from three Tennessee campuses (University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Belmont University, Nashville; and Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville) used their fall break to help flood victims in Louisiana.

In addition, a team from Walters State Community College in Morristown did disaster relief work in West Virginia. [Read more…]

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GA DR EFFORTS WINDING DOWN

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dr-disaster-relief-logoSAVANNAH, Ga. — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief operations at Southside Baptist Church in Savannah are winding down, said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

The feeding unit of Sullivan Baptist Association, based in Kingsport, was sent to Savannah last week in response to Hurricane Matthew. A shower trailer unit from Holston Baptist Association, based in Johnson City, along with chain saw teams from both associations; Cumberland Baptist Association, based in Clarksville; and Knox County Baptist Association, based in Knoxville, have been on site. [Read more…]

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PLANS CHANGE; DR TEAMS HEADED TO SAVANNAH, GA.

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dr-disaster-relief-logoBRENTWOOD — There is a reason Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief emphasizes fluidity in an “Introduction to Disaster Relief” course, said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

On Friday, Oct. 7, DR leaders in the state were told they would be needed in Florida. A day later, however, Jones received a call that Florida did not receive as much damage as originally expected. The Tennessee teams were asked to go to Savannah, Ga., instead.

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Oct. 4, causing massive destruction before hitting Cuba later that night. The damage in Cuba was not as extensive as first expected but some areas were hard hit. [Read more…]

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DR TEAM SENT TO FLORIDA; OTHERS WILL BE NEEDED IN HURRICANE’S AFTERMATH

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Photo: NOAA.gov

Photo: NOAA.gov

BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptists have been asked to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Oct. 4, causing massive destruction before hitting Cuba later that night. The damage in Cuba was not as extensive as first expected but some areas were hard hit.

In Haiti, at least 478 deaths have been attributed to the massive storm and the number is expected to rise. [Read more…]

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HURRICANE SLAMS HAITI, CUBA; HEADED TOWARD UNITED STATES

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Image: NOAA.gov

Image: NOAA.gov

BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on alert, awaiting word from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief as to where and when they will be needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Oct. 4, causing massive destruction before hitting Cuba later that night. The damage in Cuba was not as extensive as first expected, according to news reports.

Associated Press reported that at least 11 deaths have been blamed on Hurricane Matthew, which at one time was a Category 5 storm, making it the most powerful hurricane in the region in nearly a decade. [Read more…]

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‘CATASTROPHIC’ HURRICANE TO HIT HAITI

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Image: NOAA.gov

Image: NOAA.gov

NASHVILLE — The Weather Channel is predicting that Hurricane Matthew will have a “catastrophic” effect on Haiti. The hurricane, which is predicted to make landfall on Oct. 4, also is expected to impact Jamaica, Cuba, and the Bahamas, according to the weather network.

In addition, the hurricane is anticipated to strike the East Coast of the United States between Florida and Virginia.

If the dire predictions pan out, southern Haiti could receive up to 40 inches of rain. Western Haiti and eastern Cuba could get up to 20 inches of rain. The heavy rain could cause flash flooding and mudslides. [Read more…]

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