Monday, April 15, 2018
Live interview with Brandon Pickett and Mark Gauthier at the Emergency Operations Center in Amherst County. Hear the updates on where Disaster Relief teams are on assessing damage and developing plans to provide relief. Also, hear how River Church is helping the community as the needs come up.
Live interview in Danville to learn more about the tornado damage and needs. Hear from SBC of Virginia’s Disaster Relief Director Mark Gauthier, SBC of Virginia’s Director of Communications Ishmael LaBiosa, and Pastor Brad Childress of Woodlawn Baptist Church on the effects of the tornado.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Severe storms on Sunday evening left behind significant destruction in some parts of Virginia. Tornadoes were spotted in areas like Danville and Lynchburg, and reports are coming in of destroyed homes and businesses. We’ll keep you posted on damages as we learn more.
Please be in prayer for families impacted by the storms and emergency personnel responding. Also, let us know of damages and needs as you hear them. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SO, WHAT CAN BE DONE NOW?
First of all pray. Pray for those impacted, the first responders, emergency management, disaster responders and planners. Pray for open hearts to the Gospel. Pray for wisdom in planning and safety while traveling. Finally, pray that God’s will be done and that He be glorified in the midst of this tragedy.
Give. Thanks to the SBC of Virginia missions offering, Vision Virginia, your partnership goes toward these disaster relief efforts. However, we know that this response will require more funding to make a difference with resources. You can donate through SBCV either by mailing checks (4956 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060) designated for disaster relief or by giving online. Your church can collect gift cards (from Walmart, Sams Club, Lowes, and Home Depot) to be sent to our SBC of Virginia churches where they will be distributed to those in need. Remember, these gift cards allow the survivors to purchase items they need and the dignity of making the purchase themselves.
For DR workers, prepare to go! For those who are not trained but desire to go, in the weeks ahead, you can complete an online training (sbcv.org/dr) and be integrated into a recovery team.
While there is always a desire to collect “in kind” donations (such as water, clothes or household products), these are not always the best.
It is expensive to ship items and the required logistics on the ground for sorting, storing, and distributing is a burden on the receiving community. Gift cards (from Walmart, Sams Club, Lowes, and Home Depot) as described above are a great option!
Be trained to get involved in Disaster Relief.
The SBC of Virginia offers training to equip members of SBC of Virginia churches so they are able to respond during times of disaster. Each training offers necessary instruction for volunteers to respond with other Southern Baptists around the world during times of disaster and crisis. The training is practical and allows those, 18 years old and above, to serve with confidence.