Watseka | Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers responded in March to flooding in the extreme eastern part of the state that left hundreds of families with lots of work to do.
Teams worked in Watseka and other communities in Iroquois County, where homeowners had removed much of the debris from February flooding but needed help with power washing and mold remediation.
The volunteers also shared the gospel as they served, resulting in Lorena Macias (center in photo) placing her faith in Christ. “This is what DR is about,” said Jerry Ford, director of missions for Williamson Association. Volunteers from Ford’s association took a new mud-out trailer to Watseka to aid recovery efforts.
Six teams were scheduled to deploy to the region in March. Dwayne Doyle, state coordinator for Disaster Relief, said volunteers have received 176 job requests. The callout is expected to last at least three more weeks, and Doyle has requested help from neighboring states.
Cornerstone Ministries in Woodland is hosting the teams. For information on serving in Watseka, or to register for upcoming Disaster Relief training sessions, go to IBSA.org/DR.