NASHVILLE — Tennessee Baptist Convention president Jay Hardwick released a video Dec. 13 expressing concern for Tennesseans affected by the tornadoes that swept through the state last weekend and thanks for those who are responding to meet needs.
“Like all of you, we were just heartbroken and grieved to see the destruction and loss that so many experienced as a result of the storms,” said Hardwick, pastor of Forest Hills Baptist Church, Nashville.
“We took time in our services on Sunday at Forest Hills to pray for churches and communities that we knew were directly and heavily impacted by the storms,” he added.
He noted that disaster relief teams from Forest Hill mobilized o Monday morning to serve at some critical points of need in the state, just as other TBC churches did.
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Hardwick observed that part of what he loves about being a Tennessee Baptist “is we rally together to encourage and love one another but also to serve and share the gospel with our communities and our neighbors.”
He challenged Tennessee Baptists to continue to find ways to assist those affected by the tornadoes. “There is still work to be done.”
The new TBC president also encouraged Tennessee Baptists to donate to Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief by going to tndisasterrelief.org. Those funds go directly to meet needs and to ultimately share the gospel, he said.
“Thank you, Tennessee Baptists for your prayers, generous giving and sacrificial service — all of this so every Tennessean can have the opportunity to see, hear and respond to the gospel, even in the midst of crisis like we’ve experienced this week.” B&R