by Bob Kiger
PLYMOUTH, MI – Happy New Year! As we begin 2022, I would like to highlight some activities that Michigan Disaster Relief volunteers participated in during 2021 and identify plans for 2022. Once again, Southeast Michigan suffered another devastating rain event during June. Your DR volunteers spent several weeks helping homeowners in Macomb and Wayne County recover from the flood. Because of our past efforts, we were contacted by the governor’s office and the mayor of Warren asking for help.
We then were requested to help with recovery from Hurricane Ida. A team went to Pennsylvania for several days cleaning out flooded homes. Upon returning home, most of the same volunteers went to Bambi to help cut down dead trees and beautify the property.
As we embark on a new year, DR will continue to offer Basic Training and Unit Training. If your church or Association would like to conduct training at your location, please contact me and we will schedule a convenient time to offer the three-hour Basic Training or any of the Unit Training (Flood Recovery, Chainsaw or Feeding) sessions. We are currently planning to offer all training at Bambi in the spring.
Because recent disasters have been affecting larger groups of victims, a greater need for chaplains has become apparent. We conducted one training event in 2021, and will continue this year to equip more volunteers with the skills needed to help hurting victims in the future. During times of disaster, people are more willing to hear about the love of Jesus, and we want to have more of our volunteers prepared to share that love.
If all of this sounds exciting to you, please attend a training session so you can also be “the hands and feet of Jesus“.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bob Kiger became a Christian at age 12. He and his wife Rose have been married for 46 years, have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Bob retired from Ford Motor Company as a Senior Partner and then began using his talents in Disaster Relief efforts all around the nation. Bob is the Director of Michigan Disaster Relief.