Tornado recovery update

Tornado recovery in Reading, Kan., and Joplin, Mo., continues to be in the hearts and minds of Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists. Tornados hit both communities during the weekend of May 21.

Recovery in Reading, Kan.
On June 15, representatives from approximately 15 non-profit organizations and government entities met to form the Long-Term Recovery Committee to assist Reading residents following the May 21 tornado.

The committee is being facilitated by Steve Burnett, assistant disaster response coordinator of the Kansas East Conference of United Methodist Church.

For information on how to get involved in Reading, contact:

  • Steve Burnett, of the Long-Term Recovery Committee, at (785) 410-0210 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Lyle Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church in Reading, at (620) 341-3106, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Richard Taylor, director of missions in Kaw Valley Baptist Association, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Recovery in Joplin, Mo.

KNCSB is working with Spring River Baptist Association in Joplin for tornado recovery. Call Angie Slater, the disaster-recovery coordinator, at (417) 291-3471. Send e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Slater is a teacher and will be going back to school in mid-August. She will be serving as the Spring River disaster-recovery coordinator part time after that.
After Aug. 15, you are encouraged to e-mail Slater or call the Spring River Association office at (417) 782-3770. Visit the association Web site at

For teams needing housing and logistics support to serve in Joplin, contact Weir Baptist Camp in Southeast Kansas. Call Delbert Callaway, the camp manager, at (620) 870-8834.

“Your Kansas-Nebraska Disaster Relief ministry is financed totally by your financial gifts,” said Larry Thomas, KNCSB director of disaster relief. Make checks out to KNCSB, designate them for “Disaster Relief,” and mail them to KNCSB Disaster Relief, 5410 SW 7th St, Topeka, KS 66606.