New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief is one of 42 State Conventions along with Baptist Global Response and the Canadian Convention that comprises Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.  Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is the second largest disaster response organization that exists to help victims of natural and man-made disasters—such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and terrorist attacks in North America and overseas. The ministry of SBDR has grown out of the natural desire for Christians to reach out in love and action, meeting the urgent needs of hurting people in crises. Perhaps the logo itself says it best. The arch of the Southern Baptist Convention is our worldwide link. The wheat is a symbol of physical help, and the fish is the symbol of spiritual help. Disaster-relief volunteers wear this logo proudly. God has blessed the ministry of disaster relief in New Mexico!

New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief has the following resources:
Mobile Kitchens – 2
Mini Mobile Kitchen – 1
Heavy Equipment – 3
Mobile Generator – 1
Water Purification – 2
Mobile Shower/Laundry – 1
Mobile Communications – 1
Mobile Child Care – 1
Chaplain Team – 1
Incident Management Team -1
Assessment Team – 1
Mobile Clean Up – 3 (chainsaw, mud out, fire recovery)

Each of these resources need people in order for them to function. New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief relies on its trained volunteers to respond when needed.

Guidelines for Disaster Relief Volunteers:
All DR volunteers must be trained and/or certified in the area where they are working. Volunteers must be credentialed and have Disaster Relief photo identification badges issued by BCNM. DR volunteers are not required to be Southern Baptist, but must be a born again disciple of Jesus Christ. DR volunteers represent New Mexico Baptists and, as such, all DR volunteers agree to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times, and to adhere to the disaster relief policies set forth by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Failure to comply with any or part of this agreement will result in removal of DR credentials, and if on assignment, the volunteer may be sent home.

New Mexico Disaster Relief Organization:
Disaster Relief Ministry is coordinated through the Missions Mobilization Team of the BCNM. The DR organization is led by a State Director who is assisted by a management team, each member of which is responsible for a specific ministry area. Regional Coordinators lead in defined geographic areas of the state.

New Mexico Baptist DR State Director Ira Shelton
Deputy State Director Dick Ross
Disaster Relief Ministry Assistant Cricket Pairett
Associate State Director, Cleanup Don Davis
Associate State Director, Feeding Cathy Pennington
Associate State Director, Chaplaincy Jerry Minor
Associate State Director, Child Care & Mass Care Cricket Pairett
Associate State Director, Communications Wynn Smith
Associate State Director, Incident Command Ed Greene
Regional Coodinators
Southest Region Cathy Pennington
Mt. Valley Region Vacant
Northeast Region Vacant
Northwest Region Alan Vaughn
Southwest Region Vacant
Central Region John Torrison

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