- Baptist Beacon
2017 A Look Back
FENTON, MI – Michigan Disaster Relief (DR) responded to two major events in 2017 - one in Michigan and the other in Texas. In July and August, Michigan DR assisted Midland residents with help cleaning out their homes after the most devastating flooding event in that city's history. The DR teams worked tirelessly helping the flood victims get back into their homes and see life return to normal, all in Jesus name.
In September, after one of the most destructive hurricanes of all times devastated the greater Houston, Texas area (Hurricane Harvey), two Michigan DR volunteers, Bob Kiger and Fritz Kinsey, were asked to establish a Send Relief site in Galveston. Once the site was operational, they continued managing the site for two months while several other Michigan DR volunteers heeded the call, traveling to Texas so they could respond by preparing food and cleaning out homes. The Texas devastation will continue to need help to recover for months and years to come. We are thankful, as Michigan Baptists, serving through Disaster Relief to help the people of Texas in their time of need. We are the hands and feet of Jesus before those in need.
2018 A Look Ahead
Michigan Disaster Relief will continue in 2018 to facilitate the integration of Disaster Relief services and Send Relief. The next generation of Michigan volunteers will be prepared by building on the successful training completed in 2017. If you and your church are not participants of this amazing hands-on ministry, it’s not too late. We will have training opportunities throughout the year and the needs are always there. Come join us in representing the Lord with our hard work and love for others.
For more information about Michigan Baptist Disaster Relief, visit bscm.org/disaster-relief.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bob Kiger serves as the Michigan Disaster Relief Director for the BSCM. He has been involved in Disaster Relief since 2008. Bob brings a wealth of diverse experience to the State Director’s position. His first major call out was in 2012 when he went to New York to help prepare meals for displaced residents after Hurricane Sandy. He was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ when he was twelve years old and has been a Baptist all his life.