Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Patch Roofs in North Carolina as They Prepare for More Rain

With various South Carolina communities still plagued by flooding, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief volunteers have been working tirelessly to help survivors of Hurricane Florence since its landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14.

Several flooded rivers were expected to crest today (Sept. 26), and as the waters started to recede, SBDR volunteers faced a pressing need to provide temporary roofing for homeowners.

“We’ve had virtually no rain since the storm, but we have some rain in the forecast,” Randy Creamer, South Carolina’s disaster relief director, reported. “So, it’s really significant to get roofs covered before the rains return and cause a whole lot more damage.”

SBDR teams from South Carolina and Georgia have been using temporary roofing supplies sent by Send Relief, the North American Mission Board’s compassion ministry arm. Send Relief stowed the roofing and other flood recovery supplies in Red Springs, N.C., where they could be readily accessed by SBDR volunteers in North and South Carolina.

Send Relief also sent “pastor packs” to state convention SBDR leaders to distribute to pastors and churches to help serve their communities with the packs’ chainsaws, generators, fuel filters and other supplies.

“The guys look at the pastor packs and their mouths drop open when we tell them that they’re for them and for their personal ministry to their communities,” Creamer said. “It’s like Christmas in September. It lets them know that somebody cares and that they’re going to get through this.”

As Creamer described the feeding and recovery efforts in South Carolina, he lauded the efforts of the local associational mission strategists, saying that they have been pivotal to SBDR ministry to local communities.

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Source: Baptist Press