Help is headed to hurricane-hit Florida, where a church in The Sunshine State is making plans to help others in the badly beaten Bahamas.
For several days it appeared Florida would be the bullseye for Hurricane Dorian, then the monster storm parked itself over the Bahamas and battered its scattered islands with 185-mile-per-hour winds before moving on and now skirting along the East Coast.
Dr. Ted Traylor, pastor of of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, tells OneNewsNow the congregation is working right now to help the Bahamas.
“We are gathering everyday kinds of things that people need and getting ready to send those off with our Southern Baptist folks that will be doing that work over there,” he says. “Soaps and sprays and sunscreen and those kinds of things.”
Olive Baptist is cooperating with the International Mission Board and Baptist Global Response to make sure the help goes where it is needed most.
Meanwhile, Southern Baptist volunteer Rodney Love is on his way to Pensacola from his native Texas as part of that state’s Southern Baptist relief organization.
"That's where will stage out of,” he says of Pensacola. “We don't know where they'll send us from there."
Love tells OneNewsNow the volunteers will be ready to serve hot meals and perform clean-up work wherever it is needed.
“We definitely receive a blessing from it,” he says of the work. “And the Lord just kind of opened doors for me to be able to come.”
Back at Olive Baptist Church, Pastor Traylor says the congregation is no stranger to hurricanes and hard-hit communities, and the needs that linger long after the news stories have moved on.
A church in nearby Panama City was hit by Hurricane Michael, he says, and Olive Baptist came alongside Hiland Park Baptist Church to help.
“It's just right,” he says. “And the Lord has told us that we're to love and serve and care for those whether our brothers or not our brothers in Christ. They're our fellow citizens of the world, and we're to love one another and show Christ.”
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