Chainsaws, generators and other equipment and supplies were loaded onto four semi-trailer trucks Sept. 11-12 ahead of Hurricane Florence at Southern Baptists’ Appalachian Ministry Center in northeastern Kentucky.
Florence began its onslaught on North and South Carolina today (Sept. 13). According to CNN, “By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 mph. And that’s just the prelude to untold days of misery.” Though the hurricane had weakened to Category 2 with sustained winds topping 100 mph, a devastating storm surge is projected, followed by massive amounts of rainfall for several days on the coast and inland.
Rob Allen, director of the center, said the ministry of the North American Mission Board’s Send Relief arm — was coming alongside state Baptist conventions in North and South Carolina and Virginia to help with hurricane relief.
“It’s a great thing being part of the big Baptist family,” Allen said. “Everybody knows about the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief effort’s history of responding to these situations and we’re partnering with them.”
Two 24-foot trailers loaded with equipment were bound for the Carolinas and Virginia after being loaded Tuesday and two more 53-foot semis were loaded Wednesday for relief efforts.
More than 10 million people are under hurricane warnings and watches in the Carolinas and Virginia.
Volunteers, many of whom are workers from northeastern Kentucky with the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, were busy both days putting together dozens of “pastor packets,” valued at about $2,000 each, that include chainsaws, generators, fuel, water filters, gloves, goggles, extension cords, work lights and power strips.
“We partner with the state conventions to meet the needs. You meet the needs, build a relationship and change lives through the Gospel,” Allen said.
It’s a blessing, he said, to watch the volunteers prepare aid for those in the path of the hurricane. “We want to help them meet the needs and proclaim Jesus,” he said.
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Source: Baptist Press