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2008 Disaster Responses

Disaster Relief logoIn 2008, Mississippi Baptists continued their commitment to rebuilding the Katrina devastated areas of south Mississippi. After two years of formal partnership, the North Carolina Baptist Convention and the Georgia Baptist Convention completed their commitment to rebuild. David Baldwin from First Baptist Church, Vicksburg took over as Mississippi rebuild coordinator. Projects should conclude in October, 2008.

January 7, Recovery Teams from Calhoun, Gulfcoast, Panola, and Yalobusha Associations traveled to Holts Summit, Missouri to do chainsaw work due to an ice storm effecting the area.

January 10, tornados hit the Caledonia area of northeast Mississippi. The Briar Hill Baptist Church, Florence, feeding unit was mobilized using seven volunteers. The Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, assisted with blue tarp on roofs of effected homes.

February 5, a tornado hit the Abbeyville area. Damage to homes and power loss effected the area. Yalobusha Association recovery team assisted 13 families who suffered damage.

April 14, Jackson was hit by a tornado. Volunteers from many churches in the area responded to help damaged homes and businesses. Recovery Teams from Yalobusha Association responded.

June 3, Recovery Teams from Mid Delta and Gulf Coast Associations assisted with chainsaw and mudout work in Greenville following flash-flooding.

June 16, two feeding teams responded to Wisconsin to assist victims of the Midwest floods.

July, continued assistance to the Midwest flooding crisis with 7 Recovery teams activated to Iowa.

September 1, the Mississippi Baptist Feeding unit was mobilized to Natchez in response to Hurricane Gustav. The unit was set up at First Baptist Church, Natchez and fed 18,000 meals in partnership with the American Red Cross.

The Briar Hill Baptist Church Feeding Unit was dispatched to Diamondhead, MS. Set up at First Baptist Church, Diamondhead, the unit fed 5000 meals. Four Associational teams responded with Recovery volunteers to Gustav effected areas.

September 16, feeding teams from Mississippi responded to Sulphur, LA to support the work of Louisiana Baptist Convention feeding teams. Three shifts in successive weeks were mobilized. Recovery Teams, Shower units, and Assessment teams were sent to assist in Louisiana and Texas. The Jackson Association recovery team assisted in mud-out in Galveston, TX.