Disaster Relief


Illinois Disaster Relief teams aid flood recovery in Michigan

The Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., is the destination for four Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief teams in September. Three additional teams served there last month, after slow-moving storms dumped several inches of rain on the area Aug. 11. Learn more at IB2news.org.

IBSA Disaster Relief volunteers minister in Nebraska

Disaster_Relief_logo_ILIBSA Disaster Relief is sending chainsaw/recovery teams to assist in tornado relief efforts in Nebraska. Rare twin tornadoes tore through rural northeast Nebraska June 16. Hardest hit was the small town of Pilger. The town’s business district and fire station were obliterated and approximately 40-50 homes destroyed. Two people died in the storm including a 5-year-old child. Three other surrounding towns were also damaged by these storms. Learn more

Illinois recovery team shores up hope in the Philippines

Illinois team in the Philippines
On a remote island in the Pacific, school children march in place to a familiar song. It’s the morning exercise routine at Gibitngil Integrated School, and the final day in the Philippines for a group of Illinois volunteers. The team of six Disaster Relief leaders spent a week here to help repair the school, damaged during last fall’s typhoon. Read more

Disaster Relief brings hope to Peoria area tornado survivors

More than 250 IBSA Disaster Relief volunteers representing 14 teams have served in Washington, Pekin, East Peoria, New Minden, Unionville, and Brookport in response to the Nov. 17 tornadoes. Learn how you can give to IBSA Disaster Relief.

Baptists provide aid after deadly tornadoes

Joshua Monda stood just outside his church Sunday morning, watching a powerful tornado churn on the horizon a half-mile away. He shot video with his cell phone before calling the few other church members standing outside to get inside. Sirens sound just as the video ends. Read more

IBSA Disaster Relief efforts shift to South Dakota

IBSA Disaster Relief Teams are finishing work in Colorado and being redirected to South Dakota where a devastating blizzard went through the Sturgis and the Rapid City areas a few weeks ago doing significant damage to trees and livestock. Reports say 75,000 cattle died during this storm. The snow has melted but the tree damage remains. Chainsaw teams from Williamson and Salem South Associations leave for South Dakota on Saturday, October 26. Read more

Moore, OK: Amidst destruction, evidence of God's grace

Sometimes everything falls into place right when you need it to. Kurt Crail was working to get approval to go to Oklahoma with Westfield Association’s Disaster Relief trailer when he got word of a need for a team with three things: a skid steer tractor with a grapple bucket, three guys, and a chaplain. Read more

IBSA Disaster Relief: Help and hot meals as flood waters recede

The television show “Dirty Jobs” comes to mind when Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers talk about their assignments in flood-affected communities. Mud, mold and more coat the furniture, floors and walls of flooded homes. The mud-out teams remove it all as they strip walls down to the studs, power wash and sanitize homes for thankful homeowners. Read more

Southern Baptist Chaplains minister in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy

“A good, but very somber experience,” was how Fritz Wilson, Executive Director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, described his meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20 with ministry leaders in the Sandbury/Newtown area. Read more

Disaster Relief Response to Hurricane Sandy

This week, an Illinois Baptist Mud-Out Team serving on Long Island, NY led a 65-year-old woman to Christ. All three Mud-Out Teams will be back in Illinois by the end of next week. As the need for meals is winding down, the Illinois Feeding Team on Staten Island will leave for home Dec. 2. Read more

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 approximately 1,500 volunteers from all over 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.

2015 DR Training Dates and Locations

Central - March 20-21 Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, IL

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North - April 17-18 Streator Baptist Champ, Streator, IL

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South - October 9-10 Lake Sallateeska Baptist Camp, Pinckneyville, IL (Registration for this training will be available in July)

Frequently Asked Questions

Disaster Relief Training Agenda Sample

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.

Shelby receives Lifetime Achievement Award for disaster relief work

One of our own Illinois Southern Baptists is being nationally recognized for his service with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries. Jack Shelby has been awarded the Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Disaster Relief Committee. Read more

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Mission opportunity in New York

SBC Disaster Relief RebuildSouthern Baptist mission teams have been traveling to the New York City area since May 2013.  They have been a part of helping to rebuild homes and churches that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.  Find out how your church can participate at http://www.NAMB.net/Sandy.

Disaster Relief Executive Team

Disaster_Relief_logo_ILRex Alexander: (217) 391-3134 (IBSA) 

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

Bob Elmore: (217) 370-2294 (cell)     

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


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