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Baptists gear up to 500,000 meals a day (Evil Southern Baptists at it again).
Baptist Press ^ | Sept. 16, 2008 | Mike Ebert

Posted on 09/16/2008 6:56:46 PM PDT by comps4spice

HOUSTON (BP)--About 1,500 Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are setting up units in Texas and were expected to be operational by the end of the day Tuesday to serve victims of Hurricane Ike. The primary focus of the efforts currently is food preparation, with 39 kitchen units on site in the state.

The American Red Cross has asked Southern Baptists to be ready to prepare up to 375,000 hot meals a day, while the Salvation Army has requested 125,000 meals a day, bringing the total to 500,000.

In addition to the 39 feeding units, more than 40 other types of Southern Baptist disaster relief units are arriving in the devastated areas as well. These include shower, laundry, communications and chainsaw units.

"Right now with so many people without power, priority is preparing hot meals for the victims," said Mickey Caison, operations director at the North American Mission Board's disaster operations center in Alpharetta, Ga. "As the days and weeks unfold and the power returns, we will shift to a focus on recovery." Those efforts will include tree removal, tarping damaged roofs and removing mud and other debris from flooded homes.

Communities pounded by Hurricane Ike last weekend continue to experience a major infrastructure crisis of water, sewage, electricity and fuel supplies. Even gas stations that have fuel are unable to sell it without power. Residents, unable to heat or cool food, are limited to canned items and what they obtain from charitable groups.

"These kinds of issues are the reason we have trained our units to go into an area and be self-sustaining," Caison said. "We have our own fuel. We bring in large tanks of water and have the ability to purify water. We bring generators."

Caison said many of the kitchen units will serve members of the community as individuals drive up in their cars to get meals. Other meals will be distributed by the American Red Cross as they transport them to serving sites or take them into individual neighborhoods.

Five Southern Baptist units remain stationed at evacuation shelters throughout Texas. Caison said the number of evacuees has remained steady as some return to their homes but others show up after running out of money for hotels. Plans to require additional evacuations from Galveston may soon add to the numbers at evacuation centers.

"In the midst of all of this we have the continued ministry of our chaplains," Caison said. "We need to continue to pray that they will have opportunity to meet spiritual needs while our volunteers minister to physical needs."

Baptist relief efforts continue in Louisiana as well, with 81 units still serving there. Caison said feeding operations are scaling back in that state, but chainsaw and flood recovery activities remain a high priority.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: baptists; christians; compassion; humanitarianrelief; hurricaneike; ike; sbc; texas
The MSM won't print this in all likelihood, but these Southern Baptist volunteers do great work. I doubt if there is a community organizer in the bunch.
1 posted on 09/16/2008 6:56:46 PM PDT by comps4spice
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To: 2Jedismom

pingalingaling...


2 posted on 09/16/2008 6:58:56 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Community Organizers for McCain-Palin now at http://www.cafepress.com/writeside)
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To: comps4spice

This is really good work, requiring not only hands-on involvement now but plenty of planning beforehand. They deserve our prayers.


3 posted on 09/16/2008 7:03:13 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: comps4spice

Do the Hollywood idiots ever do this type of charity or relief work? Not wanting to say that they don’t, just that it seems that churches are always among the first to show up in times of disaster. And they don’t seek publicity by doing it, they just do it because it’s the right thing to do.

The Hollywood idiots like to lecture us about what is wrong with the world, what is wrong with politics, what it wrong with Bush, etc. But they don’t seem to go out into the world and do anything productive to help people or make the world a better place.


4 posted on 09/16/2008 7:03:25 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: comps4spice

Wait a minute! Only liberals help their fellow man, because they told me so.


5 posted on 09/16/2008 7:05:20 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn
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To: Corin Stormhands

We went through Ike. Thankfully we are staing well away from Houston. I am not a Baptist, but know first hand that they really do step up and help when it comes to meals. I have never seen the quantity or quality of food. I have no doubt that they will do what they have said and may God bless them and all of the people that they help.

As a side note, we do not have either water or power in our sub-division. I do want to thank everyone; Center Point, Fema, The National Gard, the Police, and the 1000’s of volunteers from all over the country who have stepped up to the plate. Real Texans do not complain.


6 posted on 09/16/2008 7:06:24 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (What came first? Ignorance or Dems)
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To: comps4spice

This group does alot of good work and they don’t bask in the limelight like some other groups. Doctors Without Boarders are also wonderful. May God Bless them all.


7 posted on 09/16/2008 7:06:26 PM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("In technical terminology, he's a loon")
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To: comps4spice

Great Post......

My contributions for Katrina went to the Alabama Baptist organization that was providing relief rather than the bureaucratic Red Cross, etc. The Baptists did a great job with 100% accountability.

My hats off to all of them working hard down in Houston.


8 posted on 09/16/2008 7:08:29 PM PDT by SteveAustin
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I read a book last year called Who Really Cares which details basically that conservatives give the far greatest amounts given to charity, whereas liberals think that charity is a bad thing--a despicable thing even. Liberals much prefer to use the agencies of government to redistribute wealth to the poor. It is a scholarly work and well worth the read.
9 posted on 09/16/2008 7:09:37 PM PDT by comps4spice
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To: comps4spice

Lord Love every one of them. Glad they are clinging to their religion!


10 posted on 09/16/2008 7:10:22 PM PDT by netmilsmom (An Obama win? Move to AK, secede, drill, drill, drill!!!!!!)
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To: comps4spice
I doubt if there is a community organizer in the bunch.

But what if those poor, alienated people need someone to lead them in demonstrations for larger welfare checks?

11 posted on 09/16/2008 7:15:42 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: comps4spice

Liberal mainline denominations nowhere to be seen, but I’m sure their lobbyists in Washington are expressing outrage and demanding that the federal government help these poor people.


12 posted on 09/16/2008 7:19:35 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: comps4spice
Sneaky Baptists put aside their guns and Bibles long enough to feed the multitudes. Meanwhile, in Malibou...
13 posted on 09/16/2008 7:20:29 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Dilbert San Diego

No, the Hollywood idiots wouldn’t dare lower themselves to help people in need.

Just like the Obamas and Bidens don’t give to charity. It’s always about someone else’s time, effort and money.


14 posted on 09/16/2008 7:25:38 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SteveAustin
I am a Southern Baptist. I have been told if I want to give to a special cause that 100% of the donation goes to that cause. Being and older person I have been more interested in missionary work.

He told me I just had to write on my check for missions and 100% would be applied to missions. You can even designate foreign or U.S.missions.

As to the feeding and care of people in disaster areas they have stocked trailers with everything but perishables and can be ready in a few hours. I believe they rent the trucks to pull the trailers, I should say cabs. The big two wheelers.

I am not a good one to explain this. He knew about it because our church was involved with a disaster somewhere in and around southwestern Va.

15 posted on 09/16/2008 7:27:25 PM PDT by frannie (Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.)
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To: SteveAustin
I am a Southern Baptist. I have been told if I want to give to a special cause that 100% of the donation goes to that cause. Being and older person I have been more interested in missionary work.

He told me I just had to write on my check for missions and 100% would be applied to missions. You can even designate foreign or U.S.missions.

As to the feeding and care of people in disaster areas they have stocked trailers with everything but perishables and can be ready in a few hours. I believe they rent the trucks to pull the trailers, I should say cabs. The big two wheelers.

I am not a good one to explain this. He knew about it because our church was involved with a disaster somewhere in and around southwestern Va.

16 posted on 09/16/2008 7:27:35 PM PDT by frannie (Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.)
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To: SteveAustin
I am a Southern Baptist. I have been told if I want to give to a special cause that 100% of the donation goes to that cause. Being and older person I have been more interested in missionary work.

He told me I just had to write on my check for missions and 100% would be applied to missions. You can even designate foreign or U.S.missions.

As to the feeding and care of people in disaster areas they have stocked trailers with everything but perishables and can be ready in a few hours. I believe they rent the trucks to pull the trailers, I should say cabs. The big two wheelers.

I am not a good one to explain this. He knew about it because our church was involved with a disaster somewhere in and around southwestern Va.

17 posted on 09/16/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT by frannie (Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.)
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To: JoJo Gunn
And just how does a commie lib leftist help anyone?

They point you in the direction of the nearest government agency or office, and then whine often and loudly of how Bush and the "Right" in America don't care.

But not to worry; you'll never catch one of them so much as lifting a finger to do anything for anyone.

18 posted on 09/16/2008 7:30:16 PM PDT by Hillarys nightmare (So Proud to be living in "Jesus Land" ! Don't you wish everyone did?)
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To: Hillarys nightmare
You haven't heard of "Food, not Bombs"? You'll get a nourishing meal of whatever the Unbathed calls "food", and a lecture in Appeasement.

19 posted on 09/16/2008 7:50:48 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn
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To: comps4spice

Your right these folks do GREAT work. They feed us each year in Oklahoma at the Annual Men’s Retreat, and I can tell you that the food is top notch. The meals they serve are not simple sandwiches and such, although they serve those too. Typical dinner is grilled chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, tea and desert. Breakfast - Biscuits and gravy, sausage, cereal, OJ, and coffee. Your right the MSM won’t cover the fine work these people do!


20 posted on 09/16/2008 7:54:46 PM PDT by Federalist Society
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To: comps4spice

The “radical fundamental” Baptists also have hundreds of chainsaw gangs to clear downed trees and multiple 18 wheel shower trailers for disaster relief. They seek no credit and the media takes little note of their service. These are not only good people, they are God’s people!


21 posted on 09/16/2008 8:04:10 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: BornToBeAmerican

As a Baptist, I can inform you that good, wholesome food in generous quantities is a Sacrament in our Faith.

Well, not really....but you’d think so :)


22 posted on 09/16/2008 8:28:16 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (I'm Right Guard, here to prevent B. O.)
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To: ExGeeEye

BTTT


23 posted on 09/16/2008 8:37:03 PM PDT by battleax
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To: Corin Stormhands; ExGeeEye

Thank you for pinging me to this. It makes me want to jump up and run.

The other trained volunteer in my church was able to go and called me last night to get the name of the guy he was supposed to call to sign up. I felt productive just because I had the information right there at my fingertips to give him.

Made me feel a bit better about not getting to go.


24 posted on 09/16/2008 9:16:42 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: 2Jedismom; Corin Stormhands

Y’all are up way too late.


25 posted on 09/16/2008 9:20:41 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (I'm Right Guard, here to prevent B. O.)
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To: comps4spice

bump


26 posted on 09/16/2008 9:34:56 PM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: frannie

This is exactly right. Every single penny designated as “Disaster Relief” goes to disaster relief. We have people who coordinate the disaster relief that are paid, however their paycheck comes from our Cooperative Program. In other words, Southern Baptist churches all pitch in and pay their salaries.


27 posted on 09/16/2008 10:03:42 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: comps4spice

Without the incredible outpouring of love and support from dozens of church groups many people would not have survived the initial months after Hurricane Katrina.

GOD BLESS THIS GOOD PEOPLE, PLEASE!


28 posted on 09/16/2008 10:06:24 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Welcome to FRee Republic.

I have a niece in North Huston. She’s gonna be without power for at least 2 weeks. Hope everything works out well for you.

I went through Katrina. Not fun.


29 posted on 09/16/2008 10:09:31 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Common sense and common decency are uncommon virtues among America's left.")
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To: frannie
As to the feeding and care of people in disaster areas they have stocked trailers with everything but perishables and can be ready in a few hours.

I saw one of these trailers parked here in Iowa City during the flood. The Baptists came in to feed the flood victims and workers. I had no idea they did such things, especially on such a grand scale. Good people doing good work.

30 posted on 09/16/2008 10:14:00 PM PDT by radiohead (The hypocritcal Left - attacking a woman for being what they said women should be.)
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To: ExGeeEye

There’s nothing like the Wednesday night Fellowship Dinner at a Southern Baptist church. Mmmmm....

When there is any kind of natural disaster, I donate to the Southern Baptists and/or the Salvation Army. They don’t waste anything.


31 posted on 09/16/2008 10:14:59 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: radiohead

I’ll tell you how it started...it’s a really cool story! Back in the late sixties, when Hurricane Beulah came through, I think...some Texas Southern Baptist men took some buddy burners and started cooking for the folks. The Buddy Burners are little cookers made from coffee cans that our Royal Ambassadors make and one of the Texas men worked at an RA camp and had a bunch of them. (Royal Ambassadors is kinda set up like boy scouts, except it’s focus is Southern Baptist Missions).

That was the very first effort.

Both my boys have made buddy burners and I am looking at them now. They mean a lot to me because of this story.

Anyway, this is the report for 2007...

In 2007, 17,989 trained Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from 42 state conventions prepared 1,039,989 meals, repaired 1,238 homes/buildings, completed 1,357 mud-outs of flood debris, removed storm debris from 8,565 yards, purified 206,511 gallons of water, cared for 823 children, provided 64,587 showers, and washed and dried 4,547 loads of laundry.

* More than 9,493 new Disaster Relief volunteers were trained in 2007 to 70,410 the number of trained volunteers listed on state rosters.
* 157 new mobile units were added to the DR fleet in 2007.
* 6,257 gospel presentations with 508 professions of faith and 124 other decisions were reported.
* There are currently 2,377 trained DR chaplains on the state rosters. In 2007, are reported 9,186 chaplain interventions took place.


32 posted on 09/16/2008 10:35:50 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: 2Jedismom

That’s some record of service. You should be proud!


33 posted on 09/16/2008 11:01:46 PM PDT by radiohead (The hypocritcal Left - attacking a woman for being what they said women should be.)
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To: radiohead

It feels good to do what you feel the Lord is leading you to do. I helped a while back when NE Oklahoma flooded. (Due to my kids being still rather young, I don’t go out of the state.) I was part of an assembly line of meal preparation. My job was to put utensils in a meal “to go” box and shut down the lid, then slide it over to another volunteer, who then stacked it in a box for Red Cross workers to take out into the community to distribute.

I did that as fast as I could and was the happiest person on Earth.


34 posted on 09/16/2008 11:11:43 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: comps4spice

They have this routine down pat- they don’t need a commumnity organizer.


35 posted on 09/16/2008 11:41:31 PM PDT by newhouse
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To: ExGeeEye

I was up watching South Pacific...


36 posted on 09/17/2008 8:58:15 AM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: 2Jedismom

I was at work (new schedule).

How’s your head?


37 posted on 09/17/2008 11:39:30 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (I'm Right Guard, here to prevent B. O.)
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To: ExGeeEye

Still attached, apparently. ;-)

I go back to the doc tomorrow morning.


38 posted on 09/17/2008 1:04:36 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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