Mission Lab 2018

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief crosses 1 million meals served to Hurricane Harvey victims

Teams see 217 professions of faith following more than 1,100 gospel conversations

September 21st, 2017 / By: Keith Collier | Managing Editor / comments

HOUSTON—Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding units have served 1,168,193 total meals in Texas among areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, according to a Sept. 19 situation report from the North American Mission Board.

The milestone of serving more than 1 million meals is a credit to Southern Baptist cooperation, with feeding units in Texas as well as units from other states mobilizing quickly to meet the basic human needs of hurricane victims.

“I think it’s a tremendous example of cooperative missions that we have this many pieces of equipment— kitchens—coming in from all across the country, volunteers to man those kitchens and in four weeks’ time they have done over a million meals,” said Scottie Stice, who serves as director of disaster relief for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. “Only God can do this, the way I look at it.  It’s a God-sized project, and only God can meet that need.”

Stice said it’s amazing what a nutritious meal can do for someone in need, adding, “It’s a hot meal to just help people that have suffered a lot and maybe even don’t have a kitchen they can go to prepare their own meal.

But Southern Baptist disaster relief teams are not only concerned with meeting physical needs. They also meet spiritual needs, evidenced by the report that disaster relief chaplains and other volunteers have engaged in 1,158 gospel conversations, resulting in 217 professions of faith.

Get up-to-date information, find opportunities to volunteer, and give online at sbtexas.com/harvey.