Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a hands-on ministry provided by trained members of local churches to those affected by disasters of every kind. Our mission is to represent Jesus by bringing His help, healing, and hope to individuals and communities beset by the crisis, chaos, and confusion of natural and man-made calamity.
We currently have 65,000 trained volunteers in North America. There are very few days of the year, if any, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is not active somewhere in the country and around the world. Our ministries include mass feeding, flood, wind, and fire event clean-up, emotional and spiritual care, residential and church rebuild, water purification, and more. This ministry is supported financially by Southern Baptist churches and the highly motivated volunteers who come from those churches. The services provided by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief are an offering to God without charge to or discrimination against those who need them.
From initial damage assessment to welcoming residents back into their homes, Disaster Relief volunteers are the first on the scene and the last to leave.
Bringing Hope to Crisis
When you’ve seen a disaster on the news in the last 50 years, what you may not have seen is the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers who were already on the scene—and they remained long after news cameras left town. As the third-largest disaster response team in the nation, this network of state-based volunteers teams does more than just clean up; they bring the healing of Christ to those whose lives have been shattered.
Pray for those affected and those who will serve them. Give to support state SBDR teams who are being the hands and feet of Jesus to hurting people.
Some of the Great Work by SBDR in 2018
- VOLUNTEER HOURS WORKED 860,000+
- MEALS PREPARED 2.2 MILLION+
- EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE CONVERSATIONS 81,000+
- HOMEOWNERS ASSISTED 7,300+
- GOSPEL PRESENTATIONS 4,100+
- PROFESSIONS OF FAITH 560+