Latest News From CBF Disaster Response

Latest news from CBF Disaster Response
Tommy Deal, U.S. Disaster Response Coordinator

CBF Deploys Field Personnel, Gives $10,000
In Aid To Help In Philippines

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is deploying Eddy Ruble, CBF field personnel based in Malaysia, to help with assessments, planning and coordination of logistics in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. CBF also announced that it is sending $10,000 to Asia Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid) to help meet the immediate needs of families affected by the storm. APBAid is the relief arm of the Baptist World Alliance’s Asia Pacific Baptist Fellowship. David Harding, CBF international disaster relief manager, said the $10,000 gift to APBAid will help provide food, drinking water, blankets and other immediate relief needs to typhoon victims.

News of the most recent events tend to peak our interest and calls for help get answered fairly quickly.  For this we give thanks.  However, it is the event that happened some time ago that get over looked after time has gone by.
Roofers needed in Hattiesburg, MS
This week I received a request from Jim Kirkendall, Disaster Response Coordinator for CBF of Mississippi for "roofers" in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Yes, we may have forgotten that a tornado ripped through the neighborhood adjacent to University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg on February 10 of this year.  And here it is November and some homes are just now getting some help to re-roof.  So, anyone who can help roof homes and is available immediately, please contact Jim and he will make contact arrangements for you.  Jim Kirkendall can be contacted via email or by phone:  228 229 3331.
Flooding in Austin, TX
Last Thursday, October 31, 2013 approximately 1500 homes were flooded in Austin, Texas as torrential rains caused a river to breach its banks and create a new river through subdivisions.  Our own Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter and her husband Roger own a home which was flooded.  Like Suzii and Roger most of the flooded homes were not insured for flooding. 

Wanting to come alongside of our very own to help had to be mixed with a great sense of understanding our model of disaster response.  What they needed in the immediate days following we, CBF Disaster Response, are not prepared to provide.  However, those with whom we partner are and we look to them for how we can assist.  The Baptist General Convention of Texas Disaster Response is like us in that they are not "first in" to help.  However, their Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief is and TBM was able to respond to Austin and lend the Paynters and others a hand of clearing and cleaning out as well as removal of saturated sheet rock, insulation, etc.  In addition, the great folks of First Baptist Church of Austin have helped. 

CBF Disaster Response does work closely with these partners to assist as needed and requested.  In addition, our model is to follow the guidance of our state and regional leadership.  Rick McClatchey, Coordinator for CBF of Texas is helping with assessing the needs through their churches and working with us to let you know how you can be of assistance.  At this time things must dry out before any "recovery" can begin.  As that phase begins, BGCT's Disaster Response is poised to give leadership and have invited participation from the CBF family.  There may be a need for sheet rock work, painting, flooring, etc. in the weeks to come.  When it is and we are invited, we will pass the information along.

In the meantime, cash donations can be sent along to help folks with costs of supplies that were not insured.  You may give online at or you may mail a check to CBF, Disaster Response Ministries, PO Box 101699, Atlanta, GA  30392.

Please make checks payable to CBF and note designation for disaster response.  All contributions are tax deductible and will be directly used to help those affected by disasters.