as mentioned in a previous post here and in the comments of the last post, southern baptists make up a large portion of major disaster and relief efforts in our country, and are the 3rd largest disaster relief organization in the world.

one group of southern baptists, in cooperation with the international mission board, that is currently working in haiti is BGR (baptist global response)

one thing i appreciate about them is this, that they not only seek to bring aid to physical needs, but aim to address the spiritual needs of affected areas as well. from their website:

Our Vision

To see people experiencing a full and meaningful life with hope and peace that inspires them to raise their families in confidence, build their communities with dignity and share this life with others.

Who We Respond To

We respond to people with critical needs in the areas of food security, health crises and threats to their quality of life. These needs may arise from acute (disasters) and/or chronic (hunger, poverty, etc.) threats.

Our Objectives

  • We will mobilize the influence, prayer, human, and financial resources of Southern Baptists for relief and development worldwide.
  • We will equip and connect Southern Baptists with viable relief and development fields worldwide. This will include the equipping of field personnel, stateside partners, national partners and GCC partners. We also will provide a practical means of linking state disaster networks, conventions, associations, churches and individuals with acute and chronic needs.
  • We will enhance Southern Baptist relief and development worldwide in a way that complements field workers and strategies. This will be done in a way to increase field ownership of relief and development efforts, assist field strategies with increased and sustainable access, and provide an avenue for better evaluation of relief and development efforts insuring effective stewardship of God’s resources.
  • We will lead Southern Baptists in celebration of their relief and development efforts in a way that glorifies God.
  • We will help people physically and spiritually
  • you can learn more about BGR and how to contribute here.