Tornado relief efforts in Pilger, Neb., end

Southern Baptist relief efforts in Pilger, Neb., have ended.

An unusual pair of tornados struck the town on Monday, June 16. KNCSB volunteers served in the incident command center along with a couple chainsaw teams.

“Pilger is not a large village—352 people, maybe 200 homes, two churches, library, school, large granary operation, tractor repair shop, fire department and county buildings,” said Larry Thomas, KNCSB director of disaster relief.

Thomas said the destruction reminded him of the May 2007 tornado in Greensburg, Kan., as well as the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo.

Volunteers from the local area responded en masse.

“The first two days following the event, the village was saturated with friends, family, walk-ons and John Deere tractors. Please continue to pray for the survivors of this tragedy,” Thomas said.

Meanwhile, the KNCSB rebuilding efforts continue in Tacloban, Philippines, following the November 2013 typhoon.

A combined disaster relief team from Kansas-Nebraska and Oklahoma deployed Saturday, June 28, for Tacloban to train local pastors, church and community leaders to recover existing water wells and drill new ones.

Jim Gay of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, a seasoned veteran who led water well reclamation efforts in Haiti, is leader of the Oklahoma team.

Joey Rojero of Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists and Carl and Suzie Miller, International Mission Board missionaries in Tacloban, are on the ground with local church leadership to coordinate and support this ministry opportunity to open doors to hearts by bringing both water for life and living water. Rojero is a member of First Southern Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan.

Your gifts to KNCSB disaster relief will help KNCSB serve hurting people in areas hit by disasters. Make out your contributions to KNCSB, designate them for “Disaster Relief” and send them to KNCSB, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606.