Oklahoma disaster relief volunteers (from left) Bub Osten, Lawrence Priest, W.A. Boured and Thomas Parris prepare a hot meal for Hurricane Dennis victims from a feeding unit stationed at First Baptist Church in Atmore, Ala. Photo by Doug Rogers/Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions
FLOMATON, Ala. (BP)--For many Southern Baptists involved in disaster relief, the importance of supporting the Cooperative Program and associational missions comes to life in fresh new ways.
Jeff Howard, pastor of the Little Escambia Baptist Church in Flomaton, Ala., said his congregation gained a new appreciation for the Cooperative Program in the wake of Hurricane Ivan last September which savaged Alabama much more than this July’s Hurricane Dennis.
"Our congregation last year saw the mobilization of volunteers after Ivan, realizing 90 percent of the help people received was from Southern Baptists -– every bit of that supported through the Cooperative Program and disaster relief," Howard said. "It was an eye-opener for our people to see that we send all this money and now we see in a very practical way just what this ministry means to people in a time of crisis." Read More