SC Baptists not heading to storm-ravaged states for now

cclick@thestate.comApril 30, 2014 

Severe Weather

Two men look at a destroyed clothing store in Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday. A tornado struck the town late Sunday. Along stretches of damaged houses, volunteers with chain saws cleared trees from across homes, driveways and streets.

AP

— South Carolina’s Southern Baptists got the word Wednesday that they would not need to send volunteer teams to the tornado-ravaged states.

Roger Orman, associate executive director of the Convention, said Baptist disaster relief officials participated in a national telephone call to assess the situation. At this time, officials in the affected states indicated they had enough personnel.

The state’s Southern Baptist disaster relief office is able to mobilize up to 600 volunteers at any given time. The teams are affiliated with individual Baptist congregations and perform help that includes everything from tree-cutting and removal to meal prepation and service.

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