From June through the end of September, 8 teams from MD/DE have been deployed to various responses - a record for us!
Here's a quick recap:
Baltimore, MD - When the national Southern Baptist Convention, Pastors Conference and Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) held their annual meetings in Baltimore this June, MD/DE had the responsibility of housing and assisting the trained DR childcare teams coming in from across the country to serve at the convention center. Our DR folks, with assistance form our Virginia DR partners, provided meals, showers, laundry and logistics for the childcare teams as well as filling in childcare gaps downtown (thanks Elaine!).
Although our primary assignment was supporting the DR childcare teams, our logistics volunteers quickly earned a "can-do" reputation and ended up providing shuttle service back and forth to mission project sites, delivering collected blankets and other items to homeless shelters and even donned crab hats to serve as tour guides and reception hosts for the WMU history tour (16 coach buses!).
Clear Spring, MD - Within a week after the Southern Baptist Convention, heavy rains caused flash flooding across western portions of Maryland. DR volunteers using the Recovery One trailer did flood recovery in Clear Spring for several days. Paul Gates did a great job his first time out as "blue hat."
Hurricane Sandy Rebuild Support - DR feeding teams from across the country have been rotating in and out of the North American Mission Board's rebuilding camps in New York to support construction mission teams working on homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy. Two MD/DE feeding teams served this summer. One team was happily surprised to find that they were cooking for a Maryland church and that the mission team leader was none other than Chris McNeal, on of our DR chaplains.
Two DR feeding teams also deployed to Crisfield, MD to support the Sandy rebuilding work continuing in Somerset County. Largely overlooked by most of the country, Crisfield and nearby fishing communities were severely damaged by the superstorm and are still in need of rebuilding help - please encourage your church to send a construction team to help!
Baltimore Again - only an alert
MD/DE Dr and the American Red Cross were put on standby to support the State of Maryland's mass care contingency plan when 2.5 million visitors poured into Baltimore for a week-long celebration for the Star Spangled Banner's bicentennial.
Since potential terrorist threats are now a routine part of major event planning, we were tasked with being ready to prepare up to 10,000 meals a day in the event that "something happened." Many of you prayed for quiet week - we thank God for watching over the city.
Thanks to everyone who served this summer, either on the front lines or behind the scenes. Thanks also to everyone waiting on the 24-hour list for Baltimore - glad you were ready but happy that we didn't need you after all.
Posted on Mon, September 29, 2014
by Donna Shiflett