Southern Baptist Group hosts 32 charitable projects in Mississippi
A Southern Baptist relief organization recently hosted several aid efforts in Mississippi, including a church that helped oversee a free dental event.
Meridian Central Baptist Church hosted a dental clinic on March 18-19, with approximately 175 people in need coming in for dental care, including fillings and extractions.
The event was just one of 32 projects organized in the Meridian area by Send Relief, a charity group overseen by the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board.
John Maxey of the Lauderdale Baptist Association, to which Central Baptist belongs, told the Christian Post on Tuesday that the events were part of a seven-stop Send Relief tour.
“The multi-state service tour is being organized in partnership with local churches, civic leaders and schools who have identified tangible needs within their communities,” Maxey said.
While this was the first time Central Baptist had hosted a dental clinic, the Lauderdale Baptist Association had previously hosted a similar clinic at another partner congregation, Calvary Baptist Church.
“In my opinion, both events were a success and achieved the purpose of the event,” Maxey said. “As it was one day less than the previous one, we haven’t seen as many customers this year. With the help of local volunteers and the Mississippi Department of Oral Health, we plan to have another dental mission next year.
Other projects that were part of the tour included landscaping at local schools, delivering meals to nurses working night shifts, building beds for children in need, and building huts for the homeless. shelter.
“I hope we were able to express the love of Jesus by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those who come for help,” Maxey added.
“Central Baptist is a wonderful congregation that wants to meet and build relationships with individuals in its community. The Church is not a club for perfect people, but rather a place where imperfect people will be loved, encouraged, and nurtured by other imperfect people.
In addition to meeting local needs in Mississippi, Send Relief is also assisting efforts in Poland to support refugees from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to an IMB press release earlier this month, Send Relief is working with the Polish Baptist Union and others to help house up to 1,000 Ukrainian refugees.