When disaster strikes, local infrastructure is often severely damaged or limited. Modern luxuries like electricity, microwaves, washing machines, etc. are the farthest things from the mind of someone who has just lost a loved one or their home. First responders gather, the news media begins rolling in, volunteers arrive to help with search and recovery. But what happens when those who are serving need to eat, shower or wash their soiled clothes?
That is an often-overlooked part of the ministry of Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief. While feeding, cleaning and caring for disaster survivors is chief among duties, serving those who serve is also a calling. Feeding, laundry and shower units are invaluable to cleanup efforts. Chaplains are on hand to minister to survivors, but also to first responders who need a listening ear.
Thanks to gifts given to the Myers-Mallory State Missions Offering, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief was recently able to purchase a new smaller, more agile feeding unit for quick and flexible response to disasters. Various associations have these smaller units, and now the State Board of Missions has one to share, too. The unit has a capacity of 7,500 hot meals per day and features a self-sustaining generator.
Being ready with infrastructure and training already in place before disaster strikes is one of the biggest reasons Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief is able to make such a quick difference with immediate response. Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief is ready before, immediately after and during the long-term recovery.
Pray for survivors of the multiple tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires that Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief responded to since last year. Pray for physical, financial and spiritual healing.
Pray for first responders, members of the media, civil servants and the members of the Yellow Shirt Army who respond immediately whenever disaster strikes. Pray that God will provide for all their needs.
Pray for more volunteers to obey God’s call to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the midst of crisis.