DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) continues to serve in northeast Florida, serving those who were affected by Hurricane Ian.
DR team members have been stationed at Daytona Beach, First for three weeks. Sixty-two workers served during the first week with 51 the second week, and 53 team members are finishing up the third week in Florida, according to Sam Porter interim Oklahoma DR director.
“It’s been a great experience,” Porter said. “Disaster Relief is so effective because we help people who can’t help themselves after disaster. We come together on mission and go meet those needs.”
Porter said DR team members have been sharing the Gospel while doing chainsaw duties and flood relief, and they have experienced three people make professions of faith in Christ. They have received 216 work orders and have completed 118 of the requests in three weeks.
Overall, National DR has reported 178 professions of faith in Christ through 1,852 Gospel presentations.
Oklahoma DR will continue to serve in the Daytona Beach area through the end of the year. They will serve two more weeks and then close down temporarily in order to celebrate DR’s 50th anniversary at Mustang, First, Nov. 14 during Oklahoma Baptists’ Annual Meeting.
“My hope and dream is we can have college teams go serve near the beginning of December for three weeks,” Porter said. “We won’t be working the week of Christmas, but I’d love to see 60 college students each week that we are down there. We are done with most of the chainsaw work, but now we are gutting out homes. There are hundreds of homes that have not been touched.”
For more information and to donate to DR visit okdisasterhelp.org.