First Baptist Church hosts disaster relief training for interested volunteers

Dwayne Doyle introduces the program at the Illinois Baptist State Association Disaster Relief training session at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – Nearly 100 people attended a training session last week put on by the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) to assist with disaster relief in Texas, Florida, and anywhere else they may be needed.

The Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief is the IBSA’s ministry for working with people in disasters. We partner with the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief that is owned and operated by the North American Mission Board. The ISBA is the headquarters for all of the Southern Baptist churches in Illinois, of which there are about 975 to 1,000.

Dwayne Doyle, Director of Men’s Ministry and Mission Mobilization, explained that the job of the Disaster Relief teams is to go in to areas in times of distress and help in a variety of ways.

“The IBSA has multiple units working with disaster relief. They are specialized in child care, which takes care of kids allowing parents time to put their lives back together after a disaster; flood relief, which helps with restoration and cleanup; chainsaw teams, which go into neighborhoods and take trees out,” Doyle explained.

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