Fairhaven Baptist couple feel ‘God calling them’ to disaster reliefcomment (0)
March 8, 2012
Disaster relief is a team effort.
“One person can’t do it all,” said Milton Cherry, who attends Fairhaven Baptist Church, Demopolis, in Bethel Baptist Association and
serves as coordinator for the association’s disaster relief team.
Like so many disaster relief teams in the state, Bethel Association’s team was busy last year, especially during April and May.
Just hours after the April 27 tornadoes, the team was to go to Tuscaloosa to assist. On the way, it cleaned up storm damage that occurred between Linden and Demopolis, Cherry said.
After arriving in Tuscaloosa, the team spent five days serving through Cottondale Baptist Church. Afterward Cherry and wife Scarlet, who is trained in disaster relief chaplaincy as he is, went home for a day before returning with Selma Baptist Association’s disaster relief team for another five days of work.
After that came a request for him to remain in Tuscaloosa three more days with groups from Wetumpka and Northport.
The Cherrys became involved in disaster relief after Milton Cherry’s retirement in 1999.
They assisted in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and have worked with Campers on Mission.
Milton Cherry said they became disaster relief volunteers because of all the tough times through which the Lord had brought them. They felt God calling them to serve in this way.
“I love talking to the people. I have a heart for people going through bad times,” Milton Cherry said. (TAB)