What is Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief?
by Coy Webb, Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Director
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is one of the three largest disaster response entities in the United States. Trained volunteers stand ready to respond when disaster hit across our globe. Disaster Relief ministry provides an opportunity for believers to be the hands and feet of Christ to hurting people.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief began ministry in 1984 and is part of the larger Southern Baptist Send Relief network of 42 state conventions, the North American Mission Board, and Baptist Global Response. Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief is supported by gifts of Kentucky Baptists through the Cooperative Program and the Eliza Broadus Offering for State Missions. This ministry offers opportunities for believers to be on mission for Christ during times of crisis.
The Apostle John instructed us:
“Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
In times of crisis, people need more than empty words. They need someone to come alongside them with genuine help and real hope. Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief brings practical help, the healing grace of Christ, and the hope of the Gospel to those devastated by disaster. More than 4500 Kentucky Baptists are trained as disaster relief volunteers. Volunteers can staff mobile kitchens designed to provide thousands of hot meals, move in with a chainsaw after a tornado, assist homeowners in cleaning up a flooded home, offer spiritual care as a chaplain, and provide many other disaster services.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are trained in:
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief has a host of resources that can be mobilized during times of disaster. Resources that can be deployed are: