Ministry Areas 


Temporary Childcare
In a disaster, while they attend to the family’s immediate needs, temporary childcare is provided to parents so that their children may have a clean, structured, loving and safe environment. We minister to the needs of the children from birth to the ages of 7 years old, often the forgotten victims in a disaster, as well as sharing Christ with their parents.

Chaplain
Chaplains in disasters provide caring ministry on the field of disasters, during and after the disaster occurrence, to any victim of the disaster, for a few seconds or for a few hours.
The chaplain in disasters demonstrates compassion by being present in suffering. Sometimes like a “wounded healer,” he or she sits among the wounded to bind and unbind his or her own wounds slowly and carefully so that he will be able to immediately respond to bear the burden of another who is suffering. The chaplain in disasters practices the presence of God through prayer, listening, the spoken word, the Holy Scriptures, and service. In the moment of crisis, many who are suffering desire an advocate who will plead their case before God, and in the prayer, they find comfort and assurance that God hears their plea. During the crisis, victims need to tell their stories and need to have validation of their feelings and sense of loss. Here the chaplain in disaster practices the presence of God in active listening and the spoken word. Often the crisis requires acts of service.

Communications
There is a great need for licensed, trained, and equipped emergency communicators inSBTC DR. You can become a valuable asset to the Disaster Relief ministry.
Ham, or Amateur radio is huge. But for disaster relief all we need to concern ourselves with is reliable communication. 2 meters and 70 centimeters are the bands most often used for relatively short distance communication. Five watt hand held transceivers (HT)s have a range of 1- 5 miles. Truck based rigs of 50 watts can cover a considerable distance and cross-band repeaters in those truck based radios extend the range of the HTs as far. There are thousands of repeaters set up and maintained by amateurs all over the country that routinely extend the range 40 to 50 miles. At license levels above Technician High Frequency radios reach out to distances in the thousands of miles routinely. When regular modes of communication, that rely on equipment that we do not control, go down we can still communicate with the equipment that is under our complete control. 
Becoming an SBTC DR communicator is very easy but it takes some commitment of your time, energy and personal resources. Do the following in any order that suits you:
Phase I train in communications for Disaster Relief.
Become a ham, study for, and pass the Technician Amateur licenses exam. 
Purchase some equipment. A dual band Hand held Transceiver is all you need.

Operations
Works along with Communications doing assessments of the damage and handles paperwork during disaster for all teams deployed with SBTC Disaster Relief.

Feeding
The primary mission of a feeding unit is to feed and serve victims and relief workers during a disaster.  A warm meal and a cup of water in Jesus name may be the seed to the salvation of a soul.

Clean Up and Recovery
Clean Up and Recovery is the efforts of trained volunteers to help disaster victims return to their normal routine as before the disaster. Motivation for Clean Up and Recovery Ministry is Serving Christ in Crisis.We are a family working together to serve Christ and our fellow man. We seek to share the love of Christ as we minister to the victims of disaster.This may be done in a few days with a few volunteers or it may take a long time and many volunteers.Disaster Relief is responding to the initial stages of the disaster and supporting the long-term recovery. The motivation of the Clean Up and Recovery Volunteer must agree with the Motivation of the Ministry.The word minister means servant.The volunteer must have a servant’s heart.No matter what status the victim is in society they are the victim and we are the servants to help them recover and return to a normal routine in their lives.A Servant's Heart is primary to the Clean Up and Recovery volunteer.

Shower and Laundry
 
The shower and laundry ministry was established to provide showers and laundry services to the SBTC volunteers working in a disaster area. The goal of SBTC disaster relief is sharing the “Hope of Jesus Christ”.  In keeping with that goal, trained volunteers maintaining the mobile shower and laundry units are able to share Christ with individuals that use the services provided. These individuals may include emergency response providers, Red Cross members, utility providers, and community members.  Each unit may also provide Bibles, tractssuch as “Hope in Crisis”, and comfort packages for those in need.
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