Exactly what is Disaster Relief?
First Baptist Church Morristown’s Disaster Relief Ministry is a group of people who love people and desire to serve their Lord through touching others when they are at one of the most desperate times of their lives, just after a major disaster. Disasters include not just hurricanes but tornadoes, mudslides, floods, blizzards and any other catastrophic life-changing event.
We partner with the Tennessee Baptist Convention’ (TBC) Disaster Relief Ministry. The TBC Disaster Relief Ministry partners with agencies such as the North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Tennessee Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (TNVOAD), and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to help meet needs in times of disaster.
As soon as it safe to move into the affected area(s) we begin the process of making possible the movement of emergency vehicles. This is typically done by trained chainsaw teams walking roads and clearing them of fallen trees and other debris. After this we move to working for private individuals who need trees removed from their roofs. We often see tree branches which have pierced all the way though the roof and ceiling to the main living areas. It is not unusual to saw branches from a tree while standing in a kitchen. If necessary we then cover the roof to prevent further damage from water.
Along with the immediate need of getting emergency vehicles moving is the need to provide food for those who have no means to provide it for themselves. This is accomplished through mobile kitchens. Not your standard kitchen equipment, these mobile kitchens pack the equipment to provide thousands of hot meals per day. We have seen one unit provide more than 20,000 meals per day.
Partnering together with other Baptist Disaster Relief groups we can provide:
- Mobile Showers
- Emergency Childcare
- Water Purification
- Crisis Intervention
- Training for crisis response
Many ask us how much all of these services cost to those who receive them. They are not cheap but they are free. We never charge fees for any services provided. The only cost is to take a few minutes to listen to a smelly, dirty chainsaw operator or a faithful mobile kitchen worker with a huge spoon in their hand tell you about a wonderful Savior who redeemed them from the disaster of sin in their lives.
You see, this is truly who we are and what we are about. People need Jesus. Sometimes we are so busy in our lives that the only time we are still enough to hear is when our lives are upside down. We desire to take advantage of those precious few minutes of life to tell someone about the One who rescued us from the disaster of sin in our lives and has loved us with an Everlasting Love. And just like the services that Disaster Relief offers are not cheap but they are free, His Everlasting Love is not cheap but it is free and He longs for all to receive Him and be freed from the disaster of sin in their lives.