Disaster Relief opens doors that might not otherwise be open for the Gospel to be presented. State Disaster Relief Director Gibbie McMillan describes it this way, “When a tree falls on the home of a senior adult couple in North Louisiana during a storm, a chainsaw team responds to remove it. The Disaster Relief chaplain shares the Gospel, and the husband and wife receive Christ.”
The Georgia Barnette State Mission Offering provides funds to train volunteers for ministry. Volunteers are trained for chaplaincy, chainsaw teams, mud out recovery, or feeding, shower and laundry units. These teams serve not only in our state but throughout North America and around the world.
Anna and Shira, chaplains from Kentwood, were assigned with teams responding in Geraldine, Ala., in May 2010. As they walked the streets, Anne on one side and Shira on the other, they encountered people who needed a “listening ear,” prayer, counsel and the Gospel. Shira waited and waited at the end of one road. Finally, Anne came to the car with a woman she had just led to the Lord.
Disaster often causes those who have strayed from the Lord to realize that survival is the time to return to the Lord. One elderly woman found freedom from past experiences for the first time in many years as she gave them to the Lord.
- for leaders with administrative and skills to continue to emerge;
- that God will continue to open doors for ministry when disaster strikes; and
- for the health of current leaders and safety for volunteers.
Source: Georgia Barnette Offering bulletin insert.