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A major relief

Pulling Together photo

PULLING TOGETHER — A team from Yalobusha Association pulls down a tree which was threatening a house near Shuqualak. Several volunteers from around Mississippi were on hand to aid in disaster relief efforts following the April 11 tornado.(Photo by Tony Martin)

Miss. Baptist volunteers lend a hand in aftermath of tornado

By Tony Martin

Associate Editor, The Baptist Record

Story originally published in The Baptist Record on April 18, 2013

Timber! photo

TIMBER! — Jason Moore, Rocky Point Church, Carthage, scrambles out of the way as a tree he cut falls to the ground. Moore and others were part of chainsaw teams aiding in recovery in the aftermath of the tornado that struck Noxubee County April 11. (Photo by Tony Martin)

In the aftermath of the tornado that struck parts of Noxubee County April 11, volunteers from around the state responded to the tragedy.

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Responses were coordinated through the Men’s Ministry Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. Volunteers were soon on site to aid in chainsaw work, installing tarps on homes with damage, and feeding volunteer responders.

“We staged out of Calvary Church in Macon,” said Jim Didlake, director of the Men’s Ministry Department. “We are feeding volunteers out of the church and will be there two or three days.” The team utilized the kitchen facilities of the church.

Didlake continued by saying volunteers had begun arriving the morning of April 13. “There was damage on about 28 houses,” Didlake said. “Some were just missing shingles, but others were damaged badly.”

Chainsaw teams from Calhoun Association and Yalobusha Association were working near Shuqualak where the most extensive damage occurred. A team was to arrive from Fairview Church, Columbus, to place tarps on homes. Jason Moore, a member of Rocky Point Church in Carthage, was part of a team from Leake County. He was with Pastor Shane McGivney, Mark Sullivan, and Chris Stevens from West Carthage Church, Carthage. The group had been on site since early that morning.

We’re trying to get interest even stronger… If we could get it county wide, then there wouldn’t be so much work for one church. Some of our little churches want to be involved.

Mark Sullivan

West Carthage Church volunteer

“We’re just now getting started in disaster relief,” said Moore. “We had a big training at our church to get a Leake County group going, and had around fifty people come to training. There seems to be a lot of interest in it. Our Brotherhood Director, Brother Shane, and I are trying to lead out in this.”

“We’re trying to get interest even stronger,” said Sullivan. “We’d like to get a trailer and get people ready to help other folks. If we could get it county wide, then there wouldn’t be so much work for one church. Some of our little churches want to be involved.”