By Richard Nations, MODR Public Information Officer
Venice, Florida — According to the current MODR White Hat (incident commander) on site in Venice Florida, John Mohler, there are 130 DR volunteers from several state conventions working together on Hurricane Ian relief.. The Missouri group is based out of First Baptist Church, Venice. He said they have really appreciated the help of this church.
“They lined up volunteers from both of their church campuses to help recruit volunteers and to receive phone calls, Mohler said. “The three pastors have been incredible to work with,” he added.
Mohler is the northwest Missouri regional coordinator for MODR and is director of missions for Harrison Baptist Association, Bethany.
Tom Hodge is the pastor of FBC Venice. He said the church itself had some roof damage, but a lot of the members homes were significantly impacted. It ranged from “total destruction” to minor damage in some places. “It was worse further south of us.”
He said the Missouri Baptist DR volunteers have been “wonderful to work with. We have enjoyed having them here. They had a mobile feeding kitchen set up and worked out of it for two weeks. But they are now using the church kitchen. They fed the DR volunteers but also a lot of people from the community and from the construction companies that have come into town to help with the cleanup.”
Asked about the spiritual impact of the DR teams, Pastor Hodge said “There have been six people who have received Christ through the DR group. There is a lot of impact locally”
For more information or to give to Hurricane Ian disaster relief, log on to www.modr.org and click on Hurricane Ian.