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Thursday
Nov082012

Sandy Blog: Arkansas Baptist disaster relief team en route to New York

Arkansas disaster relief group upon their arrival at Rosedale Baptist Church in Abingdon, Va. Photo by Caleb YarbroughEditor's Note: Caleb Yarbrough, media specialist for the Arkansas Baptist News, is working alongside Arkansas Baptist volunteers serving in New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He is blogging his experiences as the team travels to the Empire State to help those in need.

ABINGDON, Va. – We arrived early. Close to 60 Southern Baptist volunteers from across Arkansas – and one from Texas – gathered at First Baptist Church, Marion, this morning at 6 a.m.

Caleb YarbroughWe are part of the Southern Baptist disaster relief effort to help those affected by the devastation resulting from super storm Sandy.

It is truly amazing how God puts it on the heart of his people to serve. I rode with a smaller group from Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. We left at 3:30 a.m.  to join the larger group departing from Marion.

One women in our smaller group, Pam, works as a nurse and put in a 12-hour shift before traveling from Texarkana to join the team pior to its departure.

For many, this is their first time going on a disaster relief trip – me included. Others are veterans of the organization. Yet,  regardless of level of experience, every person in our group is expectant for God to use them for His purposes during our time on mission in New York.

Once we were on the main bus our ride was good. Everyone on the trip is passionate about being the hands and feet of Christ and the Spirit of the Lord was apparent in the fellowship.

Rosedale Baptist Pastor Don Paxton greets Arkansas Baptist disaster relief volunteers. Photo by Caleb YarbroughWe made it to Abingdon, Virginia, around 5 p.m. Eastern Time, arriving at Rosedale Baptist Church where we will stay the night.

Upon arrival at Rosedale Baptist we were welcomed by its pastor, Don Paxton, who was joyful to be able to open his church's doors for our group. Tonight we will get some rest and will be finishing our road trip to New York tomorrow. We will be leaving bright and early at 5 a.m.

I am excited to see what is in store for the rest of this trip. God has blessed us with a great group who love the Lord and His people. Please pray for traveling mercies as we hit the road again tomorrow and for our work upon arrival in New York. Pray for God to use us to help those in need both physically and spiritually in the name of His son Jesus Christ.

Caleb Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

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