KY Baptist Disaster Relief: ‘What a great witness for the Lord’

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WEST POINT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Baptists wrapped up a busy week cleaning up the mess left over from flooding in late February.

They also fed thousands of flood victims.

Meade County resident Wilma Simmons said she could not be more impressed with the professionalism and compassion displayed by Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers.

“We appreciate the wonderful work the disaster team did on my sister’s house in West Point,” said Simmons. “I very much appreciated their prayer with us and the Bible they gave my sister. What a great witness for our Lord.”

Team leader Lew Cook said his clean-out crews helped about 100 residents in West Point, Ky., by removing flood-damaged walls and flooring before packing up on Friday.

“We had houses that had 7 feet of water inside,” Cook said.

When water damage gets that high, homes need to be stripped down to the studs and subflooring. Before his team arrives with tools and wheelbarrows, Cook said many residents appear exhausted and demoralized. He said a good day for a disaster relief volunteer is when they can provide a little hope and help people “see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

“It’s not a job. It’s a mission,” Cook said. “A lot of us are not good at the talking part of witnessing, but all of us are really good demonstrating what is means to be a Christian.”

Kitchen unit team leader Karen Smith said her crew, which provided the American Red Cross with nearly 14,000 meals to distribute, shut down operation in Shepherdsville, Ky., on Wednesday. Meals were sent to residents along the Ohio River from Owensboro to 150 miles upstream to Carroll County.

“I really feel like this is my calling,” Smith said. “I’m being His hands and his feet and, a lot of the time, His arms when I hug people, His mouth when I tell people about Him. It’s truly a calling. It’s not for everybody.”

In addition to the homes cleaned out, the meals prepared, and the disaster relief cleaning buckets given away, some crew members also handed out Bibles and shared the gospel – and through those contacts, two people made decisions for Christ.

Interested in learning more about disaster relief? The Kentucky Baptist Convention is offering two training events, one on April 14 at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green and another at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corbin on Sept. 15. To register, go to www.kybaptist.org/dr.

 

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