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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

 


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.

IBSA Disaster Relief aids northern Illinois tornado recovery effort

Disaster Relief efforts in northern Illinois
Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers worked over the weekend at three homes in Rochelle, Ill., one of the northern Illinois communities hit by a tornado April 9. Read about it at IB2news.org.

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

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

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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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)

 

Rex Alexander

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Missions Team
(217) 786-2600, ext. 134
RexAlexander@IBSA.org

Alexis Dumire

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Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3142
AlexisDumire@IBSA.org

 

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