KNCSB disaster volunteers have busy summer

KNCSB disaster-relief volunteers have been the hands and feet of Jesus in a variety of disasters this summer.

In mid-August a team of 14 people went to Colorado Springs, Colo., to serve in the aftermath of devastating wildfires in the Black Forest area.

Part of the team worked in recovery efforts while the other team members worked in the disaster-relief kitchen.

Several KNCSB disaster-relief leaders attended the summer disaster-relief round table in Monument, Colo., between Colorado Springs and Denver.

Heavy rains in early August caused flooding in numerous Kansas communities.

In Hutchinson, local Southern Baptists stepped up to serve people who were affected by flooding.

CrossPoint Church and First Southern Baptist Church in Hutchinson set up feeding operations. CrossPoint volunteers also used their 6x6 vehicles to get people out of their homes and into shelters.

Chainsaw teams also worked in communities affected by windstorms in late July and early August.

A chainsaw team from NewSpring Church in Wichita worked in nearby El Dorado, Kan., after a storm there.

Another storm caused damage in the small community of Edgar in south-central Nebraska. The chainsaw teams from Oregon Trail Baptist Association in Nebraska and Smoky Hill Baptist Association in Kansas teamed up to serve in Edgar, where there is no evangelical witness.

The team saw a single mother rededicated her life to Christ. She said she had accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 10.

In other chainsaw team activity, the Central Baptist Association team ministered in Pretty Prairie, Kan., after straight-line winds from a severe storm Tuesday night, July 23, caused major tree damage there.

The five-man team arrived in Pretty Prairie at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, and went straight to work. Jeff Thomson, Central Association’s director of disaster relief, was the team leader.

The team cleared downed trees at three homes and at New Jerusalem Church in Pretty Prairie. They prayed with the homeowners at each home. After working for about six hours, they returned home.

Thomson praised the Pretty Prairie residents for their efforts in cleaning up after the storm.

“The effort shown by the community of Pretty Prairie would have made anyone of faith joyful. I believe that a majority of the community was out on the street helping however they could to restore normalcy to their town,” Thomson said.

“We had multiple examples of neighbors just jumping in dragging with skid steers and trailers/trucks hauling off debris. You could see Christ at work in that town.”

Your contributions to KNCSB Disaster Relief will help KNCSB teams serve in areas hit by natural disasters. Please make donations out to KNCSB and put “Disaster Relief” in the memo line. Send contributions to KNCSB, Attn: Disaster Relief, 5410 SW 7th St, Topeka, KS 66606.