ARKADELPHIA – A 10-member cooking team from the Red River Baptist Association disaster relief team left Arkadelphia on Oct. 3 for Longmont, Colo. The team is planning to work Oct. 5-11 preparing meals at the Boulder County Fairgrounds for about 200 Southern Baptist mud out and cleanup personnel, as well as incident command and support personnel from several states who are in Colorado to lend assistance to those affected by the recent flooding.
"We are pleased that the Arkansas Baptist State Convention has again selected us to fulfill a critical requirement,” said Harold Johnson, senior unit leader for the Red River team. “They know from experience that our volunteers will respond and do an excellent job."
The team is sponsored by Red River Baptist Association in Arkadelphia, which is made up of 27 churches in Clark County and 11 churches in parts of Dallas, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Nevada, Garland and Pike counties.
The Read River team has responded to 13 disasters within Arkansas and 23 outside Arkansas since its inception in 1997. The team’s most recent disaster responses were during Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans, Hurricane Sandy in New York and flooding in west Texas. In addition, the team recently supported the Mission of Mercy, the Arkansas Dental Association’s free dental clinic at Arkadelphia.
It was announced Sept. 27 that Arkansas Baptist disaster relief volunteers were being deployed to assist with recovery efforts following devastating floods in Colorado.
In addition to the Red River team, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention activated recovery units from the Arkansas Valley Baptist Association and Tri-County Baptist Association to do mud out work in Greely, Colo. The units will be stationed at Hillside Baptist Church in Greely, Colo.
The Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock, shower/laundry unit was scheduled to locate at Long Peak Baptist Church, Longmont, Colo., for the next three weeks, with volunteers being replaced each week.
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