• Mar. 1-2, Gateway Fellowship Church, Gilbert
DR in Community:
On January 15-18, 2019, Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partnered with the K-LOVE Foundation to provide three courses in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) at the Mesa Public Safety Training Center. Through the generous sponsorship of the K-LOVE Foundation CISM training in Group and Individual Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention, and Grief Following Trauma were offered at no cost.
There were 126 individuals registered for the courses, 20 of which were Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplains. Chaplains from the Red Cross, police, fire, prisons, hospitals, and hospice also registered, along with several emergency dispatchers, detectives, and firefighters. Each of the courses required two or more days to complete. Participants received certificates from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation at the completion of each course.
Plans are underway for similar training in 2020.
DR on Mission:
June 1st is the official start of Hurricane Season. Last year we saw a chain of storms tear through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Arizona Southern Baptist Distaster Relief sent several teams as we were called out to support and serve in Texas. The devastation left in the wake of Harvey will take years to rebuild as regional DR teams continue to work in the affected area.
In April 2018, Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partnered with Arizona Baptist Children’s Services’ Pursue Life Ministry’s Travel with a Purpose mission cruise; connecting with our partners in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island chain to provide help, healing and hope to the island communities still struggling since hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Our Pursue Life Ministry/Disaster Relief team was privileged to serve the Camino Vivo church family in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico the day before boarding the ship. At each island stop on their 7 day cruise, the team partnered with churches and communities with a servant’s heart reflecting the love of Christ.
~ for more information about Arizona Baptist Children’s Services’ Travel with a Purpose and Pursue Life Ministry contact Mona@abcs.org
In the video below, AZSB Disaster Relief State Director Mitch McDonald talks with Mario Valentine in Puerto Rico.
What is Southern Baptist Disaster Relief?
Since 1967, when a handful of Texans answered God’s call, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has grown into one of the largest disaster response agencies in the U.S. with more than 82,000 trained volunteers and 1552 mobile units. Volunteers stand ready to be called out when disaster strikes.
SBDR desires to represent Jesus Christ in the middle of a crisis. Believers are under scriptural and moral obligation to provide a positive witness of the love of Jesus to everyone. As Christians, we are to demonstrate love to those affected by disasters through the efficient and immediate use of the resources, talents, and time entrusted to them.
Through the development of a cooperative team effort, needs can be efficiently and effectively met for the glory of God. Every Southern Baptist Convention in North America now has a disaster relief ministry. They vary in their abilities, number of units, number of trained volunteers, and resources.
Southern Baptists are usually involved in meeting immediate needs in an emergency relief response; sending chaplains, feeding units, and medical teams. During recovery, SBDR continues operating feeding units, shower and laundry units, clean-up crews, and emergency repairs. Depending on the nature of the disaster needs, SBDR teams may continue to serve as the response transitions to rebuilding.
SBDR is a founding member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and has national signed agreements with:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- The American Red Cross (ARC)
- The Salvation Army (TSA)
- National Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disaster (VOAD)
- Mercy Medical Airlift
- Convoy of Hope
- The Army Military Auxiliary Radio (MARS) Unit
- North American Mission Board (NAMB)
- Baptist Global Response (BRG)