Feeding operation ends in Reading, Kan.
The KNCSB disaster-relief feeding operation in support of Reading, Kan., ended Wednesday morning, May 25.
A tornado hit Reading, a town of 230 people 20 miles northeast of Emporia, Saturday night, May 21.
The main KNCSB disaster-relief feeding unit was set up at 12th Avenue Baptist Church in Emporia. Volunteers prepared meals that the Red Cross distributed in Reading.
This unit has gone back to Junction City, Kan., to restock and reload in anticipation of deploying in support of disaster operations in Missouri, said Larry Thomas. He is KNCSB director of disaster relief.
The South Central Baptist Association chainsaw/recovery team completed securing First Baptist Church in Reading. The church sustained damage to the roof, siding, air conditioning, and windows. It is possible that both buildings were shifted on their foundations. The church is now waiting to hear from the insurance adjuster.
Williams is bivocational and has served the Reading church for more than 20 years.
“Twelfth Ave Baptist Church in Emporia, Kan., graciously hosted both teams and supplemented the efforts to minister to victims of the Reading tornado,” Thomas said.
“Without the support and assistance of churches like 12th Avenue, KNCSB disaster relief would be severely limited in mission capability,” Thomas said. “As you pray for FBC, Reading, remember to pray for 12th Avenue Baptist in Emporia. Drop them a note and express your gratitude for their generosity and loving spirit of service.” 12th Avenue’s address is 2023 W. 12th Ave., Emporia, KS 66801
“Flooding continues to be a growing problem in southern Nebraska along the Platte River,” Thomas continued.
“Specifically, the town of North Platte is bracing for the eventual overflow of the river into the town. Many areas of Nebraska along the Platte River have already flooded and residents have left their homes for higher ground.
“I would like to think that we could say, ‘OK, let’s go clean up.’ However, the flooding may go on for some time yet. Clean-up operations won’t be effective until the waters recede and we know that heavy rain and continuing winter snow melt off end.
“Montana reports flooding along the Missouri River across southeast Montana, and flooding around Rawlins, Wyo., is underway. All of that water is moving through Nebraska and eventually making its way into the Mississippi River,” Thomas said.
Former Kansas pastor Dave Stillie is pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Rawlins, Wyo.
KNCSB disaster-relief shower, laundry, and field kitchen units located in Nebraska also are on alert and prepared to deploy in support of flood relief or tornado recovery in Joplin, Mo.
Western Nebraska emergency management teams met to finalize plans to address regional disaster needs. Brenda Lee of the Oregon Trail Baptist Association represented KNCSB in those meetings.
KNCSB chainsaw recovery crews have been alerted for future deployment. Shower and laundry units from Eastern Nebraska and Heart of Kansas associations are also on alert.
Two people lost their lives Tuesday night as a tornado touched down around U.S. Highway 281 near St. John, Kan. “Please pray for the families of those who lost loved ones in this incident,” Thomas said.
For more information on how you can get involved in KNCSB disaster relief, contact Thomas at