Oklahoma Baptists on standby to help

OKLAHOMA CITY–Oklahoma Baptists, whose disaster relief volunteers have responded to wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes in 2012, are on standby to assist in the wake of any damage related to Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast.

“We are coordinating with sister states in our disaster relief network, who are already assiting as this Hurricane hits the coast,” said Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). “Oklahoma Baptists are willing to go any distance to help those in need, whether through our feeding units or other emergy response services.”

Southern Baptists have 42 states with disaster relief organizations. Oklahoma Baptists in 2012 alone have served in the wake of disasters in Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana and other places.

“Oklahomans go all over the U.S. and the world to serve in the wake of disasters,” said Porter. “We are blessed to have relationships with other states that come when we need them. That really shows the strength of our states working together. We come to each others rescue when help is needed.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry, visit bgco.org/donate or call (405) 942-3800. For photos, information and updates, visit the Oklahoma Baptists’ blog at okdisasterhelp.com.