Baptists help storm victims recover

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief (DR) organization had 70 trained volunteers helping Oklahomans affected by the recent ice storms in parts of Oklahoma.

Sam Porter, BGCO Disaster Relief Director, said, “We have received a huge amount of requests for assistance. Our chain saw teams and others are working long hours to help our neighbors in need.”

David Phillips, from Bartlesville, worked with a team of 11 DR volunteers who helped clear out tree limbs in a Yukon neighborhood. “This is the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Phillips who has been a DR volunteer for six years. “It’s a joy to help people, and the Lord provides us.”

According to Porter, Baptists from other states, including Missouri, Arkansas and Texas were recruited to help. As of December 1, Porter said the BGCO had received hundreds of requests for assistance from its chain saw teams, to clear and remove trees from residences. “The work our volunteers do at no charge saves each homeowner several thousand dollars for tree limb removal. God has led us to serve our neighbors in need to show His love in Jesus Christ,” he said.

In 2007, Oklahoma Baptists serviced some 4,000 requests after an ice storm, which took more than five weeks of work. “Recovery to a storm like this is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Porter. “We are prioritizing requests based on the situation at hand and the needs of the people, such as senior adults.”

For more information, visit www.okdisasterhelp.org.