Covid-19 Update From Gaylon Moss, Disaster Relief State Director
“I will be with you”, are the comforting words we read in Scripture over and over again. We have certainly experienced that Presence during Covid-19. Churches adjusted to social distancing, provided care to people in need, and continued to preach the Word with the confidence that God is with us.
Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief mobilized a shower unit to a testing site, a laundry unit to Chicago, hosted a Chaplaincy Hotline, distributed food, recruited volunteers to help at food banks, responded to requests for assistance, and encouraged churches to help locally wherever possible. In addition, we have responded to storm events with chainsaw crews during Covid-19.
In the months ahead, all of us will be seeking new ways to serve others safely using the latest guidance (www.cdc.gov). Let me encourage you to persevere through this trial which requires tremendous flexibility in how we serve others.
Thank you for serving well over the past few months. Keep up the good work!
Remember the promise of Jesus, that He will be with us, even to the end of the age.
Volunteer Response Plan for Disasters During COVID-19
We as Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief, seek to give help, hope, and healing to those in need. In light of current events, our mission is to continue to provide care, while keeping our volunteers safe. We are taking precautions to keep the health and wellness of our volunteers and those we serve our priority.
Don’t Go It Alone
In times like these our spiritual and emotional health can take a toll on our well-being. Self-isolation, quarantines, stay-at-home orders, and a general uneasiness about the future can be challenging. But do not worry. You are not the only one feeling this way.
If you would like to talk to a disaster relief chaplain we invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call.
Call 800.736.6227 x310
available 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Missouri churches, church groups, and associations, help us tell your story of how Missouri Baptists are helping during Covid19! Please complete the form as much as possible and click submit. That’s all it takes! Thanks for your help!
Wrap Around Services Need
In preparation for COVID19 effects on the Missouri population, Public Health officials are requesting assistance with “wrap around services”.
What are wrap around services? The list can vary but most likely involves shopping for groceries, providing hot meals, mailing services, hauling trash to the street or other location, and generally helping an individual or family with errands and the like.
At this point the process will be coordinated by Public Health. You will be informed about proper safety precautions related to helping others.
If you have church authority to do so, please complete the form below. We will forward the contact information to Missouri Public Health. If a need arises in your community, you will be contacted by Public Health on next steps.
This is a great opportunity to serve others in a difficult time. Please consider participating.
Face Masks Needed
Some churches are already making masks, but for those that are looking for a way to help, the following may be helpful. With recent developments with Covid-19, there have been many shortages in PPE (personal protection equipment). This includes masks and gloves that provide a barrier between healthcare officials and patients. Consider supporting the American Hospital Association’s 100 Million Mask Challenge. The first step is to contact your local hospitals, elderly care, and health system agencies to determine what needs your community has. Other groups in your community that could also use masks include food banks and assisted living homes. Next, is to round up materials and volunteers to make masks. Linked below are some helpful pointers. Lastly, collect homemade masks and deliver to your local health systems and community agencies in need.
Blood Drives Needed
Support for blood drives is still a serious need. The national blood supply is extremely low. Please contact your preferred blood services group to find out how to help.
Food Banks and Boxes
Food Banks are in need of food and volunteers. Regional food bank contacts can be found at www.feedingmissouri.org.
Food Boxes – While occurring in some places already it is anticipated that providing food boxes of shelf-stable products to those that cannot leave home will only increase. A general rule of thumb is to pack approximately 4lbs of food per person per day. Churches can start by serving their members then ask these same members if they know of others that may need assistance. It could be a great way to reach those in the church and those without a church.