Webster Baptist Food Pantry helps with tornado relief effort


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K.A. and Bonita Perego load 1,500 pounds of food and supplies collected at the Webster County Baptist Association Food Pantry from Lollar’s Grove Baptist, Calvary Baptist and Fellowship Baptist Churches for Winston County tornado victims. Food and supplies were taken to the Mars Hill Volunteer First Department in Louisville. (Photo submitted)

Volunteers at the Webster County Baptist Association’s Food Pantry assisted in the Winston County tornado relief effort by delivering 1,500 pounds of food and supplies donated by local churches.

K.A. Perego, Food Pantry Volunteer Director, said following the April 28 tornado that hit Winston County and areas throughout the state, several local churches immediately began collecting supplies. Knowing first-hand the importance of providing food to people in need, food pantry volunteers offered to serve as a distribution point for food and supplies collected. The supplies were taken to Mars Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Winston County while disaster relief crews from the Webster Baptist Association were already in the Louisville area providing aid to storm victims. Continue reading

Webster County group makes plans to help church plant in West Virginia


IMG_0522Mantee Baptist Church pastor, William Carpenter said “if people will commit to this mission, and ever go to Ritchie County, (W.Va.) they will fall in love with the place and its people.”

Next month, a team from Webster County will be traveling to West Virginia on June 21-28 to help grow the church plant they helped start in 2012.

Last Fall, Missionary Chris Barrow of Dawn’s Light Baptist Church made a return visit to First Baptist Church of Eupora and the Webster County Baptist Association to garner continued support and updates for a church planting project in Ritchie County, W. Va. The Webster County Baptist Association committed to a three-year partnership with Barrow, who is working in conjunction with the North American Mission Board to plant a Southern Baptist Church in this rural West Virginia community. Continue reading

Helping neighbors in a time of need


Disaster Team 2Three years ago, disaster relief teams were in Webster County helping to clear debris from a tornado that ripped through the county.

And almost three years to the day, work crews from Webster County are in Louisville, helping tornado victims begin the road to recovery that they know so well.

Jim Didlake, director of the Men’s Ministry Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, said the Webster Baptist Association Disaster Chainsaw team led by Gene Williamson was on the ground in Louisville the day after the tornado, working to assist with the clean-up.  This team joined several other teams responding to the area.  Continue reading