MBC helps communities recover from storm
DR training set
for Aug. 18-19
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) Disaster Relief swung into action after a powerful storms swept through St. Louis and Potosi July 19, knocking out power to about 480,000 users.
Missouri’s Disaster Relief effort for Mass Care feeding was operating out of First Baptist Church, Harvester, in St. Charles, in cooperation with the St. Louis chapter of the Red Cross. As of July 23, the feeding unit, manned by the MBC, had served 4,780 meals and chainsaw crews manned by volunteers from Jefferson Baptist Association, cleaned 16 yards, according to Danny Decker, the MBC’s point man for disaster relief.
Another feeding unit stationed in Potosi, manned by volunteers from southeast Missouri, had served 3,235 meals as of July 23. The chainsaw unit, manned by volunteers from Tower Grove Baptist Church in Kansas City, had cleaned six yards
The MBC’s number two shower unit is in Mt. Vernon, Ill., on a national call-out. The unit had just completed work in Tipton for World Changers where the unit provided 284 showers and 64 loads of laundry.
Meanwhile, Southeast Missouri Regional Disaster Relief Training will be offered Aug. 18-19 at Miner Baptist Church, Sikeston.
Orientation training begins at 7 p.m., on Aug. 18. Training in three different areas will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19. Training will include: Feeding (mass care), chainsaw, and shower unit training. The MBC will bring in their shower unit for this training. No childcare or chaplaincy training will be held this time. NAMB is currently rewriting the manuals for those two areas.
The cost for training is $10 and will include lunch on Aug. 19. Those wishing to stay at the church (cots and air mattress style) need to notify John Rhodes at 573-833-6523.