MBC praised for its disaster relief efforts
President Bush thanks SBC
for its relief aid
January 24, 2006
JEFFERSON CITY – North American Mission Board President Bob Reccord has praised Missouri Southern Baptists for their disaster relief work in a Jan. 4 letter to Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director David Clippard.
The letter was prompted by an earlier letter received by Reccord from President Bush thanking Southern Baptists for their disaster relief efforts.
“This letter from President Bush says volumes about the wonderful work of Southern Baptists through disaster relief after the hurricane damage last year,” Reccord wrote.
“While the North American Mission Board is honored to serve as the nerve center and coordinating point of all of our efforts together, it takes all of us to produce the amazing results that we’ve seen this year. Therefore, this letter (from Bush) is every bit to you and the wonderful people of your state as it is to me and the North American Mission Board.”
Bush opened his letter by stating that he learned about the contributions of Southern Baptist volunteers in the days following the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
“Our nation is grateful to all those who are helping their fellow citizens,” Bush wrote.
“The scenes from the hurricanes of 2005 have touched our hearts, and our country is again showing the world that the greatest challenges bring out the best in America. Together, we will continue to bring new hope to those affected by these tragedies.
“Your good works demonstrate the character and great strength of our nation. May God bless all those affected by these storms, and may God continue to bless America.”
Representatives from the hard-hit Louisiana Baptist Convention were scheduled to attend the Missouri Baptist Convention Evangelism Conference Jan. 23-24 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield. They were scheduled to meet with MBC disaster relief leaders and volunteers from Missouri Baptist churches interested in helping their ravaged state recover from the disasters.