Greetings as we all look forward to another exciting year of men's ministry!
Disaster Relief Call
I want to make you all aware that volunteers to participate in an anticipated national disaster relief call will be needed sometime in early May.
Currently we are trying to identify locations for establishing support of food, beds and showers. Once we have those established, I will issue a formal call for volunteers to perform muck outs.
I recently spent a few days with the NE Disaster Relief Coordinator, Bob Slechta viewing the devastation from Missouri River Flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Approximately 250 muck-outs remain unclaimed of the 832 cases of people registering for helping with the Crisis Cleanup database. These numbers reflect only a fraction of the flooded homes as the many, many homes cleaned by family and friends are not registered.
As the waters recede, there will be more homes identified for assistance. Additionally the snow melt in the headwaters are bringing a resurgence of flooding. Expect the need for help to extend downstream into Missouri
Typically after 3-4 weeks. the number of volunteer reduces to less than 10% of the initial response. Thus our teams are more needed to ensure all get help who need help.
American Baptist Men-USA
Disaster Relief Coordinator
Our mission field is packed with so many opportunities for your men’s group, young men’s group or church members to organize their participation. Just some of the ministry commitments we have before us:
- Green Lake Conference Center (May and September)
- Bacone College (June)
- Puerto Rico – Jack Cobb, National Coordinator, will lead volunteer ABMen Disaster Relief teams to PR