'Compassion fatigue' to set in for Hurricane Michael aid groups

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Hurricane Harvey Aug 2017As Hurricane Michael leaves behind a path of destruction in the Florida Panhandle and parts of southern Georgia, Christian relief organizations are once again at the ready to provide help in the name of Jesus Christ.

It has been a busy couple of years for crews working disasters in respects to wildfires, floods and hurricanes in 2017 and 2018. 

While the work continues following Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Christian relief groups are holding on to the verse in Galatians that reads, "Do not grow weary in doing good." 

Sam Porter, who serves as the national director for disaster relief with the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board – says that even those doing the Lord’s work face challenges, at times.

"There's a term we use at Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and chaplaincy,” Porter divulged. “[And] … sometimes, people have compassion fatigue set in – they get tired."

Nevertheless, Porter told OneNewsNow that his team is mobilizing resources to Florida and Georgia.

"We're gathering and loading and placing things in positions now," the Christian leader announced.

He that shared his biggest concern about this storm.

"The trees – the major tree damage across the Florida Panhandle will – I think, will be massive if this thing doesn't slow down," Porter pointed out.

The Christian humanitarian aid leader said that his group will need all the help it can get.

"We're going to need a massive amount of volunteers,” Porter added. “We will literally need hundreds of Southern Baptist chainsaw team members to go."

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