Tornado Recovery: Adams visits Disaster Relief volunteers

Meredith Flynn —  November 21, 2013

IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams visited Disaster Relief volunteers working today in storm-damaged areas of the state.

“Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including those here in Illinois, work very hard year-round to be prepared when disaster strikes,” Adams said. “It is their love for Jesus that compels them to stand ready like that, and it’s that same love that they deliver with every act and word of kindness as they serve victims and relief workers.”

Crews are meeting needs in Washington as they can, but access is limited to the areas that sustained the worst damage. Pekin and other communities in the Peoria area also have received Disaster Relief help since tornadoes and severe storms tore through the area Nov. 17. At Woodland Baptist in Peoria, volunteers are cooking several hundred meals a day for storm victims and responders.

The Disaster Relief team from Sullivan Southern Baptist Church, with Nate Adams (center).

The Disaster Relief team from Sullivan Southern Baptist Church, with Nate Adams (center).

Kitchen volunteers starting preparing meals Monday evening, working out of Woodland Baptist in Peoria. The church has graciously rearranged schedules and plans to accommodate the storm response teams.

Kitchen volunteers starting preparing meals Monday evening, working out of Woodland Baptist in Peoria. The church has graciously rearranged schedules and plans to accommodate the storm response teams, said IBSA’s Mark Emerson.

Adams visits with Linda Blough, a Disaster Relief volunteer from Dayton Avenue Baptist in Peoria.

Adams visits with Linda Blough, a Disaster Relief volunteer from Dayton Avenue Baptist in Peoria.

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.