MBC leaders conduct
disaster relief roundtable
By Brian Koonce
JEFFERSON CITY – More than 100 Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers and the national DR director convened at the Baptist Building Nov. 20 for a roundtable discussion of how best to improve and grow their ministry.
Terry Henderson, the national DR director, and Rick Seaton hosted the event which focused on issues ranging from ensuring consistent training to hashing out a policy regarding mileage reimbursement.
“It was a very good meeting,” Seaton said. “It was good mix of DR veterans new volunteers. There were a lot of things we needed to hear. I think the people really appreciated Terry being there.”
Henderson said he is pleased with the role Missouri is taking in the overall Southern Baptist Convention DR picture.
“Convention-wide, we need more mud-out teams,” he said. “I’m really glad to see Missouri stepping up in that area. These last few years, we’ve had so many floods and it’s really hard to get enough volunteers together to go out and work.”
Henderson said the other big need is shower/laundry units. It may not be as glamorous as chainsaws or mobile kitchens, but giving victims and volunteers – even non-Baptist volunteers – a chance for a clean pair of socks and a hot shower can be important.
“It also helps us when you travel because you can bring a minimum of clothing and do all the laundry there on site. That was one of the lessons we learned from Sept. 11. We’re getting more and more requests for them.”