“Emergency Preparedness” can mean different things in different contexts. Just as we all might make plans for our families in the event of an emergency, there are ways we can make plans to fulfill our mission of being the hands and feet of Christ in others’ emergencies.

Our Wednesday night series, “Change the World,” by Mike Slaughter, has a focus each week on one way that Christians can embody the mission of Jesus in the world. Last night, we discussed the function of disaster relief as part of the mission of Jesus to love the least of these – our neighbors – as ourselves.

We discussed ways we as Baptists in Virginia might get involved in well-organized and planned groups who respond in emergencies. It can be difficult to simply jump to action when a disaster occurs; we often do not know who to contact or how to help. But what if there was a way to be prepared to help others at a moment’s notice?

Good news – there is! Lloyd Jackson, a loyal Virginia Baptist and member at RRCB, has ample experience with disaster relief, which Virginia Baptists have been involved in for almost 40 years. He explained to the Wednesday night group that we have a unique opportunity here in Virginia as Baptists to provide well-organized and planned relief during times of great need, both here in Virginia and around the country and globe.

If you are interested in meeting the needs of those who are traumatized by disaster (whether it be natural like a hurricane or man-made like 9/11), you can prepare to provide services with Virginia Baptists by attending a local training seminar. These services can be sitting and answering phones to learning to properly and safely use chainsaws to remove debris. There is a job for EVERYONE.

We are so fortunate to have the well-planned Virginia Baptists right here in our backyard. Other states call us in when they need volunteers. Will you join the many Virginia Baptists on-call for disasters?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit and read the mission of the Virginia Baptists in disaster relief and why training is a vital part of this ministry. Additionally, if you are ready to get prepared – click on the training seminar that fits your schedule. There is one here in Eastern Henrico in late May!

You may also contact the church office or any of the Virginia Baptist volunteers (including Lloyd) if you have any further questions about this opportunity to serve people in their deepest time of need.