Mississippi Baptists minister physically and financially to those who are deprived of essential needs of life due to widespread natural disasters. Disaster Relief desires to assist victims of disaster through food preparation, shelter provision, counseling services, communication, medical aid, child care, and reconstruction.
Mississippi Baptists own a Disaster Relief Feeding Unit capable of feeding up to 20,000 meals a day. During a disaster, the feeding unit and trained volunteers are activated and work with local Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA, and other government emergency personnel.
Volunteers are trained in food preparation, clean up, child care, chainsaw, Ham radio communications, and counseling. Their goal is to give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name. By ministering to the physical needs, volunteers have many opportunities to minister to spiritual needs as well. Mississippi Disaster Relief ministry is partially funded by the Margaret Lackey State Mission Offering.
The philosophy behind Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts has been summed up in the phrase, “A cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.” We are following the example of Jesus of Nazareth when He fed the 5,000 and the 4,000, and His teachings in the parable of the Good Samaritan and Matthew 25:32-46.