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Call-Out Updates

Louisiana - Call-Out

The call for help has been heard, we need Illinois Baptist who are willing to respond.

There are over 65,000 homes affected in Southern Louisiana. Damage reaches from Mississippi line, north of Hammond to Eunice/Opelousas. The disaster also reaches to Lafayette, New Iberia and Lake Charles. Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Walker, and Livingston areas are hit the hardest.

Over 60 churches have anywhere from 2 inches up to 5 feet of water in their sanctuaries.  More than 60 pastors and staff homes are also underwater as well. It is expected that this response will last into October before the Rebuild Phase moves begins.

If you are an Illinois Disaster Relief volunteer, please check with your Regional Leadership to see when a team from your region will be leaving to help in Louisiana. If you can go during one of the dates listed below, please contact the team leader.

Teams preparing to go to Louisiana: 
If can go on one of the following dates, please contact the team leader for more information.

New! Feeding Team Stand-By: We are looking for groups of 4-6 of Food Prep team members to attach to existing kitchen crews across Southern Louisiana. If you and a few team members can go, please contact Jim Weickersheimmer at jimkipp12@gmail.com for more information. We will inform you when the dates open up.

September 11-18
Team Leader: Don Ile - Region 3
Location: Southern Louisiana
Needed: Mud-out/Flood Recovery and Chaplaincy
Contact: Don at (618) 599-4234, (618) 445-3523, or donruthsawdust@gmail.com

Date: September 14-21, 2016
Team Leader: Butch Porter - Region 6
Location: Southern Louisiana
Needed: Mud-out/Flood Recovery and Chaplaincy
Contact: Butch at (618) 499-2215, (618) 985-4228 or bp.dp@hotmail.com

Date: September 17-24, 2016
Team Leader: David Howard - Region 2
Location: Southern Louisiana
Needed: Mudout/Flood Recovery and Chaplaincy
Contact: David at (217) 303-4699 or david@capcity.org

New! Date: October 16-22, 2016
Team Leader
: Jaime Kincaid - Region 2
Location: South Louisiana, TBA
Needed: Mud-out/Flood Recovery and Chaplaincy
Contact: Steve Ohl at theohlfamily@hotmail.com, cell: (217) 503-0598, or home (217) 414-3935.

Check back daily to see which new dates and teams are added.

IBSA Disaster Relief Ministry

Disaster_Relief_logo_ILSouthern Baptist Disaster Relief is a Christ-centered partnership of national, state and associational ministries serving through the local church to bring help, healing and hope to individuals and communities affected by disaster. The IBSA Disaster Relief Ministry is comprised of 1,600 volunteers belonging to 37 teams based around the state who are committed to sharing the hope of Jesus with those whose lives have been impacted by disasters.

Our specialized areas of ministry include: chainsaw, flood recovery/mudout, food preparation, chaplaincy, childcare, shower unit, and the communications unit. More ministry information is available here: DR training descriptions

Disaster Relief Training Information

Disaster Relief Training Weekends involve a Friday evening and Saturday daytime schedule. The Chaplaincy class begins earlier on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. It is preferred for a new volunteer to attend the Friday evening Introduction to Disaster Relief 101 Class and then take specialty classes on Saturday. However, if your schedule only allows for you to attend on Saturday you can still become a certified Disaster Relief Volunteer. For more information about the weekend schedule, class descriptions, or frequently asked questions about Disaster Relief Training, see the links below.

IBSA Disaster Relief is a ministry of the Illinois Baptist State Association. Southern Baptists operate the nation's third-largest disaster relief organization, behind only the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Frequently Asked Questions

All new volunteers are required to take Introduction to Disaster Relief 101. It is offered on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There are two class periods on Saturday (morning and afternoon). Early registrations are encouraged and should be completed at least 2 weeks before the event. Training fees: New trainees - $30 Renewal - $10. Lodging cost is an additional $10 at Lake Sallateeska. You must bring your own bedding for dorm style sleeping.

2016 Training Dates and Locations
October 14-15 Lake Sallateeska Baptist Camp, Pinckneyville

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Training includes: Introduction to Disaster Relief, Food Preparation, Mudout, Childcare, Chaplaincy, Assessment, Communications, Shower Trailer, Search &Rescue.


For additional information about Disaster Relief Training contact AlexisDumire@IBSA.org.


Donate to Disaster Relief

Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief s funded through individual and church donations. 100% of all monies received will support the needs of storm victims through our volunteers as they help home owners recover from the storm damage. Donate online now.

You may also donate by mailing a check payable to IBSA Disaster Relief to:

Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 19247
Springfield, IL 62703

*Please write Illinois Disaster Relief on the subject line. 

Disaster Relief Executive Team

Jack Shelby: (217) 299-3412 (cell)

Jim Weickersheimmer: (217) 419-1175 (cell)


Dwayne Doyle
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 Church Resources Team
 (217) 391-3134

Jim Weickersheimmer: State Director
(217) 419-1175

Alexis Dumire

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Church Resources Team
(217) 391-3142


Disaster Relief volunteers serving in Louisiana

Illinois Disaster Relief Teams are responding to the massive flooding in Louisiana. Floodwaters have damaged more than 7,000 homes and affected 28 parishes (counties).

Normally states closest to Louisiana, such as Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas would be the first to respond. But the volunteers in those areas are currently responding to flooding in their own states. Illinois Disaster Relief has accepted the call to assist with the flood recovery efforts in the Leesburg, Louisiana area.

State Disaster Relief coordinator Rex Alexander shared, “Our teams will be serving for several weeks -- possibly into May. The Williamson Association, Capital City Association, and First Baptist Galatia as well as individuals from all over the state will be serving in Louisiana.”

How can Illinois Baptists help? “Long distance travel to Louisiana will increase the cost of this disaster response so prayer and donations from Illinois Baptists are especially needed at this time,” Alexander said.

Updates are also available at www.Facebook.com/IllinoisBaptist.

Donate online now. To donate by mail, send a check payable to IBSA Disaster Relief to: Illinois Baptist State Association, P.O. Box 19247, Springfield, IL 62703.

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