Archive for the Disaster Relief Category

Aug 29

Disaster Relief for Hurricane Harvey

2017 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Global,Prayer

With the terrible damage and flooding Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake, many of you are asking what you can do to help and how can you give.

Desert Springs Church has a disaster relief option on our online giving page. Your giving will be collected and sent to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) at this time to help in their aid to the people directly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Southern Baptist Texas Convention Disaster Relief has joined Texas emergency response teams including the Texas Baptist Men, the North American Mission Board (NAMB)’s Disaster Relief teams, the American Red Cross, state police and fire departments, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams and more. Southern Baptists in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi are readying volunteers and equipment as well. Read more here about this collaboration. Want give to this effort directly? Here is how.

More information regarding the SB Disaster Relief.

Apr 21

Ecuador Earthquake Relief

2016 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Global

Because Jesus cares for the hurting, we ought to care for the hurting, and sacrifice and suffer with them in prayer, word, and deed. We do not have a disaster relief program but there are several out there that are good and efficient at helping and sharing the love of Jesus. Check out this approach to the Ecuador earthquake that hit Saturday night, April 16, then prayerfully consider giving to help in this effort:

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck Ecuador on Saturday night, has killed at least 413 people. BGR trained teams are on the ground in a variety of areas doing assessments to determine the best course of action to take to respond to the situation. Three teams are currently on the ground assessing needs. David Brown, the BGR Area Director for the Americas said, “Our goal is identify a number of critical areas that need assistance.” The initial focus of the assessments will look at water, sanitation, and hygiene issues. Additionally, teams will assess food needs, shelter needs, and health concerns. “A good evidence-based assessment will provide a solid basis for planning both the short-term and longer-term response. Likewise, the assessment prevents duplications of efforts by multiple organizations and meets the actual needs of the affected population,” according the Pat Melancon, the BGR Managing Director of Disaster Response and Training. “A danger in a large disaster is to go in and rush to conclusions based upon speculation and not evidence. The speed of a response is no indication of the effectiveness of an organization. It’s the meeting of evidence based needs that translates into effectiveness, ” Melancon said. The ensuing reports will determine the level of response needed and “if” USA teams could be effectively be deployed at this time.

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To give to this relief program click here.


May 6

Nepal Earthquake Relief – Water, Medicine, and Gospel

2015 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Global
The death toll from last week’s earthquake has exceeded 7,000, with 14,000 injuries counted so far.  However, with access to villages just now opening up, the death toll is expected to “climb much higher.”  And the number of people left homeless is in the millions.
The magnitude of this tragedy is hard to comprehend.  We must pray for those that are hurting, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we must respond with relief aide.
From our global missions budget, we have decided to give a total of $1000, distributed evenly to the following three organizations:
  1. The Baptist Global Response (IMB)  – They have folks on the ground, long term, doing ministry and missions work, so the help they render will include comfort from the gospel, water, shelter, food, and healthcare.
  2. Water Mission International – Critical for the prevention of disease spreading is clean water.  WMI is great at helping when folks are hurting with quick clean water.
  3. MAP International – We’ve worked with MAP for years to take medicine to our Guatemala medical/dental mission clinics, and they are mobilizing medication for the folks in Nepal.There are many other worthy organizations worth donating to in times of crisis, but we believe these are three of the best providing both material and spiritual help in the name of Christ.  We commend them to you as you consider giving as well.