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Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief Task Force members are in place and conducting ministry work in the following locations:
Volunteers with the Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief Task Force are on the scene of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive aftermath in the
New York City and New Jersey areas. Twenty-five volunteers are conducting chainsaw/mudout work (Yalobusha Baptist Association and Pearl
River Baptist Association), maintaining a shower unit (Lafayette/Marshall Baptist Association), and performing other services as needed
(Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Southaven).
The Mississippi Baptist mass feeding unit was deactivated and returned to Mississippi on November 5, along with 20 volunteers. As
restoration of electrical power picks up speed, the need for emergency meals has decreased, and Baptist feeding units are being
deactivated. In addition to the Mississippi Baptist unit, units from Alabama, Missouri, and Southern Baptists of Texas have been
deactivated and are returning to their respective home states.
Deployment of additional Mississippi Baptist disaster relief volunteers and units with specialized training is under consideration at
this time. No return date has been set for the volunteers who are currently in the field.
The Disaster Relief Task Force of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB) is now accepting donations for disaster relief
mobilizations such as the Hurricane Sandy response. Tax-deductible donations should be mailed to MBCB Business Office, P.O. Box 530,
Jackson, MS 39205-0530. Checks should be made payable to MBCB, with “Disaster Relief” noted on the memo line. Donations can also be made
online from this page.
For more information, contact the MBCB Men’s Ministry Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: (601) 292-3334 or toll-free outside Jackson (800) 748-1651, ext. 334. For disaster relief updates, visit www.mbcb.org.
The Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief Task Force has been mobilized in response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow late last
week and earlier this week to the northeast United States. An initial team of 44 Mississippi Baptist disaster relief volunteers departed
Central Hills Baptist Retreat near Kosciusko at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, November 2, to support the Southern Baptist disaster relief response.
Jim Didlake, men’s ministry director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and the coordinator of the Mississippi Baptist
Disaster Relief Task Force, is leading the caravan on the 26-hour drive to a staging area north of New York City. Plans call for the
initial volunteer team to be on site for one week, with extended deployment to be evaluated during that time frame. The Mississippi
Baptist response includes:
Jim Didlake, director of Men’s Ministry for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board and coordinator of the Mississippi Baptist
Disaster Relief Task Force, reported on the morning of Sept. 21 that all Mississippi Baptist disaster relief workers and equipment have
returned from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with the exception of a handful of volunteers who are working with Jackson County Baptist
Association in Pascagoula to wrap up some repair needs.
Jim Didlake, director of men’s ministries at the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board in Jackson and coordinator of the Mississippi
Baptist Disaster Relief Task Force, reported Sept. 10 that the Mississippi Baptist feeding units have returned from the Long Beach and
Pascagoula locations but mud-out crews continue to work along the Gulf Coast.
The Miss. Baptist Disaster Relief team continues to respond to needs generated by Hurricane Isaac. The response changes as needs of
those affected are identified.
On Sunday, Sept. 2, Miss. Feeding Unit #1 completed its deployment at FBC Long Beach. The team of 60 volunteers prepared 6,100 meals.
The DR kitchen operating out of FBC-Pascagoula closed feeding operations on Monday, September 2. The team of 28 volunteers prepared
We are currently coordinating mud out teams that will be operating in Jackson and Gulf Coast Associations and potentially Pearl River
Association. At this point assessment is under way in these areas and teams from within the state and outside Mississippi will be deployed.
Also, Mississippi shower trailers are deployed to Franklinton, LA and Hattiesburg, MS.
Disaster relief kitchen #1 is at FBC Long Beach, preparing 1800 meals for lunch. Kitchen #2 is currently being activated to FBC
Pascagoula and will feed the evening meal tonight, assuming 900 meals. John Henry is assessing mudout needs in Harrison and Hancock
Counties, working with Gulf Coast Association. Tom Greene is assessing Jackson County, working with the Jackson County Association. Kay
Cassibry will be the white cap in Pascagoula. Roger Foster is white cap at FBC Long Beach, with 21 task force members serving. Kitchen
#2 is the Briar Hill Church, Florence, unit. The Yalobusha team is assessing the Lakeshore/Pearlington areas for chainsaw and mudout
needs. A team from Colonial Hills Church, Southaven, will be arriving later today to serve in Long Beach.
We have both of our feeding units ready to go in to two sites – First Church, Pascagoula, and First Church, Long Beach. We have
another site at First Church, Gulfport, available for feeding if needed. An Incident Command Team is set up at the Baptist Building
that is presently monitoring the situation. We have our mud-out and our chainsaw teams on standby when needed. At the present time, we
anticipate moving toward the coast Thursday around noon, weather permitting. We’re getting reports in from across the coast, and so far
we’re hearing of some minor flooding and spotty power outages.
The Disaster Relief Task Force of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB) is now accepting donations for hurricane relief as
the 2012 hurricane season picks up speed with named storm Isaac. Tax-deductible donations should be mailed to MBCB Business Office, P.O.
Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205-0530. Checks should be made payable to MBCB, with “Hurricane Relief” noted on the memo line. Donations can
also be made online from this page.