Victor’s Secret

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Victor’s Secret

Victor’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret is a store at the mall I quickly walk by because I don’t find myself with much business there, but Victor’s secret is something that nobody should miss. In fact, Victor’s secret really shouldn’t be a secret because it is life-changing and invigorating, and it is something that I am really proud of.

I am a badge-carrying member of SBC Disaster Relief (DR)

and you should be, too. 

Here’s why:

  • Disaster Relief is missions, and we are called to go on missions.

In times of great distress, DR “calls out” to volunteers, and those who are trained are mobilized to go and help people who are in desperate situations. I am trained in property recovery, which means I put on the correct protective equipment, with the chance to search for and recover things that are priceless in the hearts of those who have just lost so much. Property recovery is a chance for my heart to break and then grow back bigger. Oftentimes, a member of the team gets to pray and minister to the people about the One who can truly heal hearts and change lives.

I am also trained in chainsaw. Is there anything more manly than training in Disaster Relief chainsaw? Now, I learned enough to know that I probably shouldn’t be the one holding the chainsaw, but I also learned how to work alongside those men and women to help clear out life-threatening trees and brush. We want people to live safely so they have time to get to know Jesus.

  • Disaster Relief is for everyone, but especially those of us who are 18 to 50.

I don’t say this to offend anyone over 50. Quite honestly, everyone I have met in DR is over 50 except our CSBDR Director, Kendrick Neal. Here’s the thing about these amazing 50+-year-olds. They are going out there, traveling up and down the state and across the country, and doing the work that all of us who are 18 to 50 should be doing. They are setting the example, but because they are too humble to advertise the great things God is doing through them, the rest of us are missing it. But it is happening.

So, every person at every church should at least be badge certified, ready for the call! It would be so easy and inexpensive to get your whole church certified at one of these local trainings:

July 20th – Clovis Hills Church, Clovis

Aug 10th – Life Way Fellowship Church, Santa Maria

Just as everyone should be trained in First Aid/CPR, so, too, should they be trained in mass feeding through those incredible mobile kitchens. One of my international students from China came to the last training, and he had a wonderful time meeting new people, practicing English, and learning about disaster relief. He left asking me why the people were so nice and why they cared so much, and the answer was because they had the heart of Jesus! So, let’s go 18- to 50-year-olds, we need you!

  • Disaster Relief helps us to appreciate God’s blessings

When we are out in the field, seeing what others are going through often shapes our perspective. Sometimes we take things for granted. In a flash, it all can be taken away. When that happens, there is a purity of reflection toward those things that truly matter. DR volunteers get to help with that, and we get to feel that.

Lastly, many times in our churches, we sit there trying to figure out how to get our younger people engaged in the church. Meanwhile, the young sit there wondering if they are going to advance beyond the hearing, singing, and praying to actually doing! Disaster Relief is the perfect answer to this, especially for a generation that loves causes. All you have to do is get them trained, and then you can be the cool person who goes with them and shows them how it’s done. This is how we leave a legacy of “doing” and not just “saying,” a legacy of not just praying (although prayer is the most important) but also playing on the field.

Victor’s secret is not a secret any longer. Do you want to see how a church that knows how to sit transforms into a church that goes? 

Start by helping those in need. Let’s all get certified for Disaster Relief, and I look forward to seeing you out there in the fire-desolated backwoods or in flood-ravaged communities as we show people that Christ’s love isn’t just all talk. May God encourage you.

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans 12:9-13)

About the Author

Victor Chayasirisobhon
CSBC Convention President, Victor Chayasirisobhon

Victor Chayasirisobhon boasts a vast number of titles and many degrees. He is the President of the California Southern Baptist Convention and 1st VP of the Southern Baptist Convention. Among several degrees and certificates, Victor has a Master of Christian Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry from Gateway Seminary. He and his wife Theresa have 4 children.

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