By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector


Earl Burnett, right, and Sam Justus, volunteers from First Baptist Church, Sevierville, remove furniture from a home in Kingstree, S.C., that received major damage from record flooding that occurred in the state in early October.

Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are a special breed of people.

They love the Lord with all their hearts and souls, and they love people enough to do “the dirty work” that most people would run from.

I spent time this week with Tennessee volunteers who were serving out of First Baptist Church in Manning, S.C. Teams did flood recovery or, “mudouts,” for people whose homes were devastated by historic flooding in the Palmetto State earlier this month.

In the area around Manning, located about 60 miles from the state capitol in Columbia, residents received about 24 inches of rain in a three-day period. Needless to say, numerous people experienced unprecedented flooding, especially those who lived closer to a river, pond, or swamp. [Read more…]




Approximately 40 Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers served in South Carolina last week. Teams provided mud-out or flood recovery to residents who experienced damage to their homes from the massive flooding caused recently by Hurricane Joaquin. DR teams are based out of First Baptist Church, Manning. Additional teams will arrive this week and more will be needed. People interested in helping the relief efforts can give to the South Carolina Flooding Disaster Relief Fund at www.tndisasterrelief.org or to the Tennessee Baptist Convention, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37027, designated for the fund. Prospective volunteers can contact Wes Jones, TBC disaster relief specialist at wjones@tnbaptist.org. B&R Editor Lonnie Wilkey is scheduled to travel to Manning this week for more extensive coverage. In top photo, Scott McGill of Hilldale Baptist Church, Clarksville, does clean up work while volunteers in bottom photo remove debris from a home. [Read more…]


TBC Disaster Relief Teams on Standby For Nepal; Contributions Accepted

Residents drive by some of the destruction in Kathmandu caused by an earthquake that struck the country April 25, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring thousands of others. -IMB photo

Compiled by Baptist and Reflector

BRENTWOOD – Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief is gearing up to respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25.

Nepal is a small country located between India and China and is the home of Mount Everest. Most of Nepal’s nearly 30 million people are Hindu. [Read more…]