FLEMING-NEON, Ky. (BP) – In the aftermath of flash flooding that killed 37 people in the Kentucky mountains, residents here are turning to Christ.
Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Director Dwain Carter said it’s not unusual for people to seek God amid tragic circumstances. That why, he said, teams of Disaster Relief volunteers realize their role isn’t simply to help with the cleanup, but to offer spiritual guidance to survivors.
“People are lot more open to spiritual conversations after tragedies like this,” Carter said. “And a lot of times, these conversations are with people who never would darken the door of a church. This is the church coming out to them and meeting them on their own playing field, so to speak. We tell them there’s help and hope and healing in Jesus, and, in their brokenness, they realize that’s true.”
In their first week in the Kentucky mountains, Disaster Relief teams from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas had reported 17 salvation decisions. The largest chunk of those – eight – was the result of gospel conversations initiated by Georgia volunteers.
“Our people love to introduce people to Jesus,” Carter said.
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Source: Baptist Press