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Disaster Relief in Neb. sees recovery, salvations

BELLEVUE, Neb.—After 250,000 people were displaced from their homes due to flooding in the Midwest, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) responded.

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Disaster Relief volunteers mop water from lake-front home that was under four feet of water at one point.

Life Springs Church, a Southern Baptist church in Bellevue, Neb., hosted DR groups. Oklahoma Baptists sent incident management, assessors, chaplains, feeding, shower, laundry and mudout teams to aid in flood recovery in residential areas, as well as at Life Springs.

One home where trained and equipped DR workers served belonged to a member of Life Springs. The home sits on the shore of a local lake.

Every August, over the course of 20 years, thousands of people have been baptized in the back yard of the family’s home, which was under four feet of water at one point.

“We took the home down to the studs and performed mold remediation in order to begin restoring the home that has been an important part of the community,” said Don Williams, state director of Oklahoma Baptist DR.

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A feeding team prepares to serve meals.

“Oklahoma Baptists are hoping and praying that August 2019 will be no different, and people will be baptized here again, to God’s glory.”

Williams said the home was one of many hundreds of homes damaged by floods in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

While DR was in the community making assesments and visiting with home owners, five people made professions of faith in Christ.

DR team rotations in Nebraska will last through May 11.

To make a tax-deductible donation or for more information about Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, visit okdisasterhelp.org.

Emily Howsden

Author: Emily Howsden

Emily Howsden is a contributing writer for the Baptist Messenger.

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