Disaster Relief – California Southern Baptist Convention

News – Disaster Relief

CSBC Compassion Ministries For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…  -Matthew 25:35  With a global pandemic and record-breaking wildfires throughout our state, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. While much of the hardship is covered…

When Pastor Shawn Beaty and his congregation began helping evacuees of the Creek Fire near Fresno, he had no idea it would “grow and spin bigger” than he could have ever imagined by serving as many as 2,000 families in one week.

“One of California Southern Baptists’ best resources is our local churches,” Mike Bivins, director of the CSBC office of disaster relief, said. “Many of our churches located near the fires are preparing and responding to the immediate needs of evacuees by providing water, snacks, gift cards, temporary evacuation points and coordinating with other organizations active in disaster.”

California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief volunteers are preparing hot meals for families driven from their homes by California wildfires near Santa Cruz.

As monster fires displace tens of thousands of Californians, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are stymied by changes in response protocols necessitated by COVID-19.

More than 50 trained California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplains have volunteered to staff a prayer line to minister to those quarantined, isolated or discouraged because of the COVID-19 crisis.

On 9/10 — before the terror attacks of 9/11 — churches could have been better prepared to minister. Mike Bivins wants to see California Southern Baptist churches ready to help!

Around 150 people a day for four days found love and care after they were forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the Kincade Fire in Northern California. At least 17 of those also received eternal life.

The McDaniels make serving a priority in their retirement.

A group of local, church volunteers had finished a day of cleaning up and repairing damage to Immanuel Baptist Church, Ridgecrest, Calif., following a 6.4 earthquake on July 4. The next night, the 7.1 earthquake undid their hard work and then some.