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About a week and a half after Hurricane Idalia hit the Florida Gulf Coast, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief work is still ongoing in Florida and Georgia. Mark Wakefield, state disaster relief strategist, said volunteers are just days away from wrapping up their work cleaning out flooded homes and serving meals to the community in Florida while a team from Calhoun Baptist Association is headed to Valdosta, Georgia, to help with clearing fallen trees. More than 80 ABDR volunteers
When Bob Cooper sat down beside Mr. D, the man gave him one directive — he wasn’t allowed to talk about religion or politics. “When Hurricane Ian came through Arcadia, Florida, he and his wife only had minor damage, but she called and asked for a chaplain to come because her husband had liver cancer and knew he was dying,” said Cooper, an Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain. Mr. D was an atheist and “defiant
Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams have deployed to assist areas of Alabama that were hit hard by the storms and tornadoes of January 12. People are hurting. Some local church facilities were damaged or destroyed. Your gifts will go directly to help these needs and more. (No DR contribution is used to pay salaries because the Cooperative Program has already provided for the ministry infrastructure that enables the quick mobilization of volunteers, equipment and other
Five weeks after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams are packing up to come home. “It’s faster than I thought — I anticipated us being there at least two more weeks,” said Mark Wakefield, state disaster relief strategist. Alabama Baptist teams — which have been based in Arcadia, Florida, throughout the effort — took in 1,005 requests for help from area residents. After the water receded and volunteers began cleanup efforts,