If you are looking for a way to help South Carolina through all this flooding, the Lakelands Baptist Association will be collecting water from now until Thursday noon (10/8) to be delivered to Columbia. Please take a moment of your time to help those in our state that are without the most basic need of water. If you would like to bring your donation by North Side Baptist Church, we would be happy to deliver it to the LBA for you.
Regarding the Disaster Relief efforts here is an update: I have spoken with several associations around the state, two of which are the Columbia Metro and Lexington Baptist associations (in the middle of the flooding). Also I just read an email from Dr. Richard Harris, Interim Executive Director of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Currently, our SCBC has sent in feeding units from several associations around the state to feed first responders and hospital workers, as well as assessment teams. Until the water recedes, which is starting to do now, exact needs will not be known. The only thing they have asked for is bottled water, which is flooding in by the 18 wheeler load by Walmart, etc. We, the Lakelands Baptist Association, will join that effort. The word I am getting is that this need is immediate but no one knows how long that will actually be a need. So, from now till Thursday noon, we will collect water or money for water. Whatever we have donated by Thursday noon will be delivered to a site on Thursday afternoon. After that, we will continue to monitor the situation on an hourly/daily basis and respond appropriately. There is also the very real need in our own area and I am speaking with Disaster Relief folks locally (VOAD) to determine those needs and will pass on that information when it becomes available. Also, I have received funds from individuals for disaster relief and will utilize 100% of those to meet needs as they arise.
Please pass this on to your folks. Some churches are wanting to give the water left over from HarvestFest and that may be a great way to meet this immediate need.
Also, please remember, what is going on in the disaster areas is totally fluid and can/will change daily until the assessment teams are able to do their work.
David Little (Director of Missions)