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Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams – our members of the Yellow Shirt Army – stand ready to assist Kentucky Baptists and other state conventions in areas where so many lives were lost and so many homes and businesses sustained significant damage. Pray for our Alabama Baptist DR teams as they prepare to respond to requests for help from state convention partners. Gifts to Alabama Baptist DR assist with the deployment of volunteers as well as
“Faithful service in action” — that’s what Beck A. Taylor, president of Samford University, said the three recipients of this year’s Samford Medallion Awards embody. On Nov. 1, Samford presented the honor to Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief — represented by Mark Wakefield, lead strategist for ABDR — along with Tony Cooper, former executive director of the Jimmie Hale Mission, and Frances Ford, executive director of Sowing Seeds of Hope. The Samford Medallion Awards recognize people
When Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers hear that they’re needed, individuals from across the state put their lives on hold and descend on an area. And these strangers form teams, work long days and pour themselves out into disaster-ridden areas. “It’s amazing how God works — how He puts teams together of people with different skill sets for this work we’re doing,” said Farrell Hataway, a “blue hat,” or team leader for the feeding unit in Houma,
Ferrell Hataway approached the car that pulled up by the tents where industrial cooking equipment and supplies were housed. A man was behind the wheel, and an 8-year-old girl was in the passenger seat. As Hataway was talking to him, he learned that this family’s trailer had been destroyed by Hurricane Ida, and the family of five had lost most of their earthly possessions. Hataway invited the family to come under the tent and shared