FBC Clanton, other disaster relief units ready to respondcomment (0)
April 21, 2011
By Jennifer Davis Rash
Joe Mims, a member of FBC Clanton enjoys tinkering with antique tractors. In fact, that’s what he planned to do April 16.
Early that Saturday morning, he loaded up his 1925 McCormick-Deering 10–20 tractor and headed north on I-65 to an antique tractor show. But before he made it to Calera, his “bat phone” of sorts went off and he learned his day would be spent with a different type of tractor.
Making a quick trade of the hobby tractor for his Kubota four-wheel drive tractor, Mims headed to Prattville.
A blue cap for Alabama Baptist disaster relief, Mims takes his role seriously. So when the call came in that a chainsaw team was needed at Boone’s Chapel Baptist Church, Prattville (see story, this page), Mims didn’t think twice. “This takes precedent,” he said.
Rounding up five other disaster relief volunteers from FBC Clanton, Mims and the team cleared all downed trees and debris around the church.
“I’m amazed at the number of people out here working,” Mims said. “And everyone’s working hard.”
Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), said, “Disaster relief is something Alabama Baptists do well. They respond ‘asap’ and are onsite right away.
“This is one of the evidences of Great Commission ministries in Alabama Baptist life,” he said. “The Cooperative Program and the special offering for disaster relief are the only dollars we have to do this work. We appreciate Alabama Baptists helping ... in these situations.
“All of the money given to disaster relief is used directly onsite,” he added.
Mel Johnson, disaster relief strategist for the SBOM, noted Alabama Baptists would also be around long after the initial cleanup is finished. “Some of our greatest ministry opportunities come in the aftermath,” he said.
Others responding to storm cleanup in their areas came out of Tuscaloosa, Bethel, Selma and Elmore associations.