REVISED: 1 p.m. CT, 08/29/05
BILOXI, Miss. (BP)--Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is preparing for a 300,000-meal response within 24 hours of Hurricane Katrina's landfall in the region stretching from New Orleans to Biloxi; 29 units have been activated at the request of the American Red Cross.
Baptist churches and association buildings across the region were being opened as shelters for those fleeing the storm, including Parkway Baptist Church in Natchez, Miss., which is housing about 350 people, mostly from the New Orleans area.
Jason Cole, an associate pastor at the church, told Baptist Press about 40 church members have joined forces with the Red Cross to provide food and medical assistance. Church members also have provided some lay counseling, he said, to people who arrived with essentially “nothing more than a toothbrush.” Read More