Monday, September 05, 2005

Disaster Relief

I am finally returning to civilization after feeling very out of touch for the last week. The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has been hard to comprehend. The limited news coverage that I have seen has been incredibly sobering. Many have contacted Founders Ministries asking what they can do to help out with the recovery efforts that are underway. We are working with churches and pastors in the Gulf Coast region to get information about needs and specific opportunities to help. Pastor Fred Malone of FBC Clinton, Louisiana is helping to coordinate some of these efforts.

If you would like to make a contribution that will be used by local churches in the affected areas as they seek to minister in the wake of the storm, you may send your designated gift to

Founders Ministries
PO Box 150931
Cape Coral, Florida
33915
ATTN: Hurricane Relief

Let me also note that the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are second to none in the compassionate, efficient and generous ways that they minister in the wake of such tragedies. Often their work is done behind the scenes (cooking the meals that the Red Cross delivers, etc.), but as one who saw these teams in action after last year's hurricanes in Florida, I commend their work and encourage any support that can be offered to them.

A specific relief project that we are working on is putting together packages of books for pastors who lost their libraries in the storm. If you know of publishers who would be willing to contribute selected titles to this effort, or if you would like to contribute directly to help with the expense of this effort, use the above address and mark your check--"pastors' library fund."

Our church had the privilege of sending several such literature packages to pastors who lost their books to Hurricane Andrew years ago. Some of the men who received those selected books were very appreciative.

As more information becomes available regarding needs and opportunities, I will do my best to let you know.

2 comments:

GeneMBridges said...

In the Alaska thread, monk asked if anybody was doing anything for the NOBTS students.
I received the following email today from a friend that teaches NT @ SEBTS:

Various SBC churches are certainly taking up offerings in specific and in general in relation to NOBTS as well as various other SBC churches that were destroyed in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans area.

We are taking up offerings in chapel tomorrow and Thursday specifically earmarked for NOBTS faculty and students. I presume the other SBC seminaries and (conservative) colleges are doing the same.

Sure would like to know whether the moderate and CBF churches and colleges are interested in helping out any NOBTS people or even conservative SBC churches.....

Exhomeless-Guy said...

http://www.CrisisSearch.com has a search engine with thousands of disaster related websites and even a brand new web blog for (online message forums) where we are seeking forum postings in aspects of disaster relief (housing, healthcare, rebuilding, evacuation routes, crisis planning, helpful charities, etc.). Please add helpful websites to the searchable crisis database or feel free to post your ideas for diaster prevention to recovery on our blogs.