Church Responds to Flooding by Being Available

Source: Baptist Press

Sometimes in the aftermath of a disaster, it is hard to fathom what to do in the immediacy of the moment to help those in need. Striking out of nowhere, disasters come and go often catching their victims unaware and this weekend’s flooding in Kentucky was an exception.

Tim Reynolds, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Hazard, Kentucky was on a mission trip in Maryland when he began receiving calls from congregants about flooding across the state.

“It didn’t get in here,” he said. “I can’t explain that our town didn’t get hit like Whitesburg and some of the other areas. We have some slides and slips in the road but in Hazard it is nothing like Hindman or Whitesburg.”

Grateful that his church and many of his congregants were not affected, he knew that for those who were, the road to recovery is expected to be long. “This is not a two-week [recovery] event, more like six months,” he said.

“It’s one horror story after another. People going to sleep in their mobile homes and waking up a mile down the road; kids being swept from their mommy’s arms. It’s beyond tragic,” Reynolds continued.

Coordinating with Paul Badgett, the East Region consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, First Baptist is opening its doors to organizations and teams participating in recovery efforts. In the coming days, the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief (KBR) will be sending teams into the area and hosting teams from other states providing housing, food, shelter, and emergency financial assistance.

Source: Baptist Press