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Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief aids survivors in recovery efforts

Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) currently has 13 units deployed throughout Arkansas, following the recent severe thunderstorms and tornadoes on Friday, March 31, that left devastation in their wake.

Currently, Disaster Relief has command centers at Immanuel Baptist Church (Little Rock), Levy Baptist Church (North Little Rock), Second Baptist Church (Jacksonville), and Wynne Baptist Church. Out of these centers, they are assessing damage as well as providing chaplain services, meals and recovery services for homeowners.  

Ten of these ABDR units are in Wynne, two in Little Rock and one in Jacksonville as of April 3. Several other units are on standby. 

“We know people are hurting. We’re here to bring help, healing and hope to those in need. We are praying for them and asking for patience as we meet the needs as soon as possible,” Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Director Randy Garrett said.  

Disaster Relief teams from surrounding states are also aiding in relief and recovery efforts. This includes the Southern Baptists of Texas Disaster Relief, Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief, and Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief.   

Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief teams have been ministering to people impacted by disasters for more than 40 years. The “yellow shirts” have become a stabilizing force of hope and comfort to disaster survivors across the state and around the country. 

Currently, Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief has 1,200 credentialed volunteers ready to serve in the aftermath of disasters.   

If you need assistance, contact the Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief call center at 800-806-6940. Volunteers will be available 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to take requests. 

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Please continue to pray for survivors as they navigate the days ahead and all Disaster Relief volunteers ministering on the scene. 

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