This is Our Katrina

This is our Katrina. That is the only way I know how to describe the massive storm damage across our state. Lives have been lost. The numbers continue to mount. Thousands of homes have been destroyed.

Some cities, like Hackleburg and Phil Campbell, are essentially in rubble. Parts of Tuscaloosa look like they have been carpet bombed. Pleasant Grove/Concord areas near Birmingham are in desperate condition as well. 

Power outages across north Alabama have been in the multiple hundreds of thousands. This means food and fuel are in short supply. People in various communities in our state are looking for loved ones who have yet to be found. 
Churches, like Alberta Baptist in Tuscaloosa, Eastside in Cullman, FBC Phil Campbell, Mountain View in Phil Campbell and FBC Hackleburg are in ruin. So many others are in critically damaged condition too. Believe me, this is not an exhaustive list!

I have personally done my best to travel the state and see firsthand the impact of this tornado outbreak. Alabama Baptists have deployed hundreds of disaster relief teams across the affected areas. Our state missionaries are also on the ground helping to coordinate the communication needs and serve as disaster relief workers. Other state conventions have been and are moving assets and personnel into Alabama.

What can you do for Sweet Home Alabama? Please pray for your fellow Alabamians. Prayer is always powerful and needful. Second, please give sacrificially to Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Fund. All monies received will go toward helping people impacted by the storms.

This is an overwhelming situation, but we don’t have to be overwhelmed. We serve the God of Psalm 46, who is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.”

The people of Alabama are resilient and resourceful. We will get through this horrific situation. As Alabama Baptists, we will do what we can, where we can, to meet people’s needs in the name of Christ. “The Lord of Hosts is with us, The God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46:7,11

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, bdavis@alsbom.org.

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