Baptist and Reflector
MOUNT JULIET — After several days of wondering if and when Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief would be called on to respond to Hurricane Dorian, Wes Jones made it official on Sept. 6 when he notified leaders across the state that all units are “standing down.”
A feeding unit from Sullivan County had been deployed to New Bern, N.C., but was recalled before they had traveled very far.
Jones thanked volunteers for their patience and readiness to respond as things changed over the past several days.
“On the other side of things, I am grateful to God that the East Coast, from Florida up to Virginia was not hit like they expected. The folks in that part of the states have been dealing with hurricanes and floods for many years now and just did not need another one. God is good, who by his grace, power and control kept the storm offshore. Many of us were praying for this. I am grateful for His answered prayer.”
Jones asked Tennessee Baptists to continue to pray for residents of the Bahamas and relief efforts there. “Baptist Global Response (BGR) is on the currently assessing the needs and looking for ways we as SBDR and churches might come alongside the Bahamian people to help them start recovering and rebuilding. I will let you know more information as I get it,” Jones said.
He added that Illinois is still looking for flood recovery teams to come and assist them in the recovery in Granite City, Ill. “If you have a recovery team wanting to go, let us know,” he said.