WFX Conference and Expo, happening November 13 - 15 in Orlando, Florida, announces its new sustainability initiatives that will concentrate outreach to surrounding communities by supporting the relief efforts in the state of Florida caused by the devastation of recent Hurricane Michael.
Mark MacDonald, brand strategist, best-selling author, speaker, also works as the communications director for the Florida Baptist Convention, an organization that is among the largest providers of disaster relief assistance in the Southeast region. Florida Baptist Churches, associations and state conventions partner together to mobilize volunteers, resources and equipment to provide services.This year, our 2018 WFX Conference & Expo will be aligning itself with the Florida Baptist Convention's disaster relief efforts.
MacDonald shares, "I’m excited for partnering with WFX! Ministries wanting to help can check out the Churches Helping Churches page — it’s the place we’re posting needs. And there are so many! 100 percent of donations goes to disaster relief.
We’ve prepared/served over 700,000 meals, with eight kitchens spread across the affected area — and we also have eight clean up and recovery sites that help hundreds of homeowners with trees and damage. In all, we've had almost 2,000 cleanup and recovery requests — we're half way through those but need many more hours, volunteers and financial donations to finish."
"National media has moved on sadly," notes MacDonald. "The news cycle is faster than our recovery. We’re still trying to identify and interview individuals to tell stories. Most residents of Florida know it was the third or fourth largest storm to hit the US — but unless you drive through, you’d never fully understand the devastation. It’s like a bomb went off. It’ll be a very long-term recovery period. For those in the panhandle, they understand and so many are reaching out to help."
Ways to Help
There are several ways to be involved in the recovery efforts in the panhandle. First and foremost, the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief asks for prayers for safety, for opportunities for Gospel conversations and that the Lord would be glorified in spite of the storm.
You can give financially by visiting www.flbaptist.org/give. All resources go straight to Disaster Relief needs.
If you are a church, consider partnering with another church in need! Many of the churches need more help even if they have a partner church already.
The Florida Baptist organizations realizes that for some churches the idea of trying to partner with a storm-ravaged church is daunting. Consider partnering with another church outside of the panhandle and joining resources to help a church in need.
If you can, consider going to the front lines of relief to assist. However, if you are not a trained DR volunteer, you will need to complete the Day volunteer form available on the website at www.flbaptist.org/day-volunteer for individuals, and for entire groups
Churches interested in partnering with a church in need should contact Lewis Miller by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 352-603-2570.