Southern Baptist volunteers are seeing a variety of post-Charley sights in their disaster relief efforts: Just north of Punta Gorda, Fla., where the hurricane came barreling through Aug. 13, an American flag flutters in the hot afternoon sun where it was suspended in the ruins of a flooring store on Highway 41. Photo by Kathleen Murray
ALPHARETTA, GA (BP)--Barely a week after Hurricane Charley ravaged 25 Florida counties, killing 25 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless, without food and electricity, the national attention has moved on to other matters.
However, while the national attention moves to the presidential election, the Iraq War and the usual fare of celebrity news, Southern Baptist volunteers continue to pour into Florida, bringing relief and hope to hundreds of thousands.
“Southern Baptists have prepared over 350,000 meals in the last 11 days,” said Sandy Lenahan, who coordinates the national mobilization center located at the North American Mission Board building north of Atlanta. “We have more than 1,300 volunteers manning more than 130 units from 23 state Baptist conventions, and more are on the way.” Read More