Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams respond to Midwest tornadoes, flooding

Southern Baptists have mobilized disaster relief teams to help homeowners and share the gospel of Jesus Christ in storm-ravaged areas of the Midwest.

More than 100 tornadoes swept through the central United States from Colorado to Ohio in late May, leaving at least eight dead. The storms led to extensive flooding and damage throughout the region. 

Chainsaw teams have been at work throughout Oklahoma and relief efforts are expected to continue throughout the summer, said Don Williams, director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief.

“God can make something good out of a disaster,” he said. “Southern Baptists are known for working through disaster to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We have a great opportunity to do that in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas at this moment.”

Sam Porter, the national director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, said there will be additional needs in southeast Kansas, where massive flooding has occurred all the way from the Kansas City border down to the Oklahoma border and all down southeast Kansas along the Missouri border. (BP)