SAPULPA—Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) sent more than 30 volunteers from northeast Oklahoma to Houston on Wednesday morning, Aug. 30. Oklahoma Baptists DR leaders received the call for help from Texas Baptists on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 29, and launched from First Baptist Church of Sapulpa the next morning. The DR large feeding unit, through which volunteers can prepare as many as 20,000 meals a day, is schedule to serve near the Houston Convention Center.
“Through our relief efforts, we want to bring help, healing and hope in a disaster,” said Don Williams, Oklahoma Baptist DR director. “Circumstances overwhelm people. They’ve lost their house and all of their possessions. So we want to come in and show them that not only is there physical healing, there is spiritual healing.”
The group of volunteers will work for 7-9 days before additional Oklahoma Baptist volunteer crews arrive to relieve them of their duties. DR has agreed to a 30-day of service commitment, with future plans to serve as long as help is needed. In addition to the feeding units sent, mud-out crews, chainsaw teams and even childcare teams are waiting to be called on to serve.
“God is still in charge, God still loves them and cares for them and that’s why He sent us to help them through this difficult time. That’s what Disaster Relief is all about,” Williams said. “Not only do we give physical hope and strength for today, but we also offer eternal hope.”
Oklahoma Baptist DR has been on standby since the Hurricane formed. For the latest updates, or to make a tax-deductible donation to Oklahoma Baptist DR, visit www.OKDisasterHelp.org.