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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the US and around the world. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100% of all gifts are used to meet the needs of hurting people in the wake of disasters.

Donations can be made online (press HOPE link to the left), by phone (866) 407-6262, or by mail - checks should be made payable to "North American Mission Board" and sent to Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543.

Donations to support disaster relief work specifically through Minnesota and Wisconsin teams should be made payable to MWBC-DR and mailed  to:

                          Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention
                               M-W Disaster Relief

                               519 16th St. SE
                               Rochester, MN 55904

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Southern Baptists are one of the largest non-government organizations performing disaster relief services in the United States,ranking in the top three with American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention performs a coordinating role for the state Baptist conventions, where disaster relief volunteers are recruited, trained, and activated for service. 

MWBC Disaster Relief ministries are designed to:
  • Provide ministry opportunities  for M-W Baptists to become involved in meeting human needs and in giving a tangible witness in the Name of Christ to people victimized by disasters.
  • Open doors for relationships  with individual people and community/state agencies which allow M-W Baptists to go into every community and place with a Gospel witness.

What kind of disaster relief is MWBC able to provide?  We currently have fully trained volunteers on each of our units and teams: Chainsaw Unit, Feeding Team, Shower/Laundry Units, Mudout Unit, Chaplaincy Team and Prayer Support.  We have fully equipped mobile trailers for Chainsaw, Mudout, and Shower/Laundry. 
How can I get involved?  A good first step to getting involved is to attend one of our training sessions.  There you will learn the basics of disaster relief volunteerism, as well as receiving hands on training in one or more areas of disaster relief.  You will have the opportunity to complete Volunteer Packet at the training session - or download and complete it now.
Requirements to Volunteer  Any Southern Baptist adult or youth church member who meets the basic training requirements and desires to be a part of the MWBC Disaster Relief ministries when a disaster occurs can volunteer.  (Youth volunteers, 7th – 12th grade, can ONLY respond to disasters within Minnesota and Wisconsin).
Southern Baptists National Response  Learn about how Southern Baptists across America work together in a disaster. 

Our Leadership
MWBC Executive Director Leo Endel
Disaster Relief Co-Directors Dave & Jeanne Wedekind
Disaster Relief Coordinator Phil Gaddis  
Hmong Community Mycie Vue & Chou Vang
Ministry Assistant Laurie Buckholt
Volunteer Coordinator Diann Dill

What Does That Mean?
MWBC - Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention
NAMB - North American Mission Board
IMB - International Mission Board
SBC - Southern Baptist Convention
DR – Disaster Relief
VOAD - Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
ARC - American Red Cross
TSA - The Salvation Army
RECOVERY Unit – Combination of Chainsaw & Mudout

Associational DR Coordinators
Bay Lakes Association ~vacant~
Southern Wisconsin Association - Larry Jatho
Hmong Coordinators - Mycie Vue and Chou Vang
Lakeland Association - Diann Dill
Northwoods Association - Larry Reedy
Pioneer-Western Association ~vacant~
Twin Cities Association - Ed Olson

VOAD Representatives
MN VOAD - Ed Olson
WI VOAD - Larry Jatho

BGR - Baptist Global Response
International Responses - Ben Seamans

Unit Directors and Unit Location
1-Chainsaw/Recovery - Joe & Elaine Kovars - SW Wisconsin
2-Shower/Laundry Unit - Jim & Sharon Lee – SE Wisconsin
3-Shower/Laundry Unit - Jim Kruse - Central Minnesota
4-Recovery Unit - ~vacant~ – SW Wisconsin
5-Recovery Unit - Tom Bickford – N Minnesota
6-Recovery Unit - Ed Olson - Central Minnesota

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7-Chaplaincy Team Leader - ~vacant~
8-Prayer Support Team Leader  - Larry Reedy
9-Feeding Team Leaders - C.J. & Barbara Langton

Contact Information
MN-WI Baptist Convention
Disaster Relief
519 16th St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904
507 282-3636 office | 507 282-3922 fax

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