I believe it is a sign of the indwelling Spirit of God in the life of a believer, the desire to serve Jesus by serving others in his name. Look at the number of volunteers working through Southern Baptist disaster relief in response to the recent Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
I will echo what others have said, this is something that Southern Baptists do well.
I consider myself blessed that I do not have to take refuge in a shelter as a result of this hurricane. But if I did, I would want to be somewhere with an experienced Baptist disaster relief team. Through this media, I say a heartfelt “Thank you for coming” and my prayers are with you as you serve Jesus by serving others.
There are over 1,500 volunteers from 20 state conventions preparing thousands of meals, along with shower units, chainsaw units, laundry units and communication units. This includes units from both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The speed and efficiency with which these units are dispatched is amazing.
There has been some television coverage related to these efforts. Yesterday, I saw a station interview a unit from Florida set up to provide meals in Texas City, in Galveston County, one of the hardest hit areas.
May God multiply each personal touch, as this ministry goes forward.