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October Focus: North American Mission Board

Our mission emphasis for October is the North American Mission Board (NAMB).  It is funded through the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong offering.  Through Send Relief, NAMB is assisting churches in reaching people in need with practical help and the hope of the gospel.  Read on for some recent details.

FLORIDA—Mark MacDonald walked around his Jacksonville home Monday morning, assessing the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

“Our roof is leaking and a few trees are down,” MacDonald said. “I was curious as to how our neighbors were doing, so I snooped and went over there. Their garden was completely torn to shreds. It’s not ideal, but it really could have been worse for us. We’re all thankful to God for that.”

Monday, September 11, MacDonald will be working on his own home and aiding his neighbors. But as the sun rises Tuesday, MacDonald will lead teams of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers and trained experts in mudding out, feeding units and more.

“I am the strategic communications catalyst for the Florida Baptist Convention,” said MacDonald. “I’m overseeing all our communications strategy for Hurricane Irma. Just like the early response in Harvey, we’ve anticipated Hurricane Irma and the response she’d require ahead of time. I’ve met with our disaster relief teams over the weeks. We are ready to provide 500,000 meals a day in the southern parts of Florida. Feeding is the first thing we will be doing Tuesday.”

Preparations are being made by the Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, South Jersey, New York and Virginia Baptist Conventions to respond to the needs of hurricane survivors as Irma continues to crawl up the coast.

David Melber, North American Mission Board (NAMB) vice president of Send Relief, has been working with NAMB’s Disaster Relief partners, SBDR directors in serveral states, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and more to map out unique response plans for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Every hurricane is a challenge, and none of them are alike,” Melber said. “That means every response is different. Harvey stayed in one place for days and dropped 52 inches of rain. This slowed down every organization’s ability to respond, but now we are in full response mode.”

As of Monday, September 11, Hurricane Harvey SBDR response has witnessed 29 professions of faith, initiated 508 gospel conversations and provided 444,765 meals, 7,240 showers, 4,534 loads of laundry and completed 109 construction jobs including 47 roof repairs.