Flooding in West Virginia
Debris and mud are strewn around Clendenin, W.Va., after flood waters from the massive storm that hit the area on Thursday evening receded. The flooding killed at least 24 people across the state. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders and volunteers are already mobilized in response to aid survivors. Photo by Sam Owens, courtesy Charleston Gazette-Mail.
GREENBRIAR COUNTY, W.V. — Heavy rains on June 23 brought historic flooding to West Virginia, claiming at least 24 lives and 100 homes. Search and rescue continued on Sunday, June 26, where state and federal officials declared disaster areas.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) leaders and volunteers were at work within hours to aid survivors and comfort those facing the loss of family and loved ones. Several state SBDR units were mobilized Saturday.
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Maryland/Delaware Disaster Relief teams are gearing up for several weeks of flood recovery work as soon as West Virginia Baptists are ready to receive teams. While flood waters in West Virginia recede, Maryland/Delaware volunteers continue to respond to the recent tornado in Howard County, MD with assessors, chaplains and chainsaw/cleanup teams.
Danny Rumple, Baptist Disaster Relief director for West Virginia, estimates that there may be months of ministry work ahead but asks church groups to “pray now, come later –we’ll need your help, but give us some time to assess damage and prepare for the influx of volunteers”
- Pray for those affected by the storms and those who are ministering to them.
- Pray that local churches and Disaster Relief teams will provide strong needed assistance and ministry.
- Pray for wisdom and safety as church and Disaster Relief teams face challenging situations.
- We know that disasters are often catalysts to spiritual transformation—pray for hearts to be open to the gospel and for believers to share the love and hope of Christ.
The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists have ways you can get involved. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
Donations of cash continue to be the fastest and most helpful way to send assistance to our state Baptist convention partners in the region.Your generous gift comes with the assurance that every dollar will be used for relief efforts.
All donated funds will be forwarded to the affected state conventions to assist Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams and local churches with ministry to those affected by the flooding.
You can send a check made out to “Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network ” with “Flooding in West Virginia” in the memo line.
Please mail to:
Flooding in West Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network
10255 Old Columbia Rd
Columbia, MD 21046
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