Eighty-four students, faculty and staff members from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary attended a disaster relief training session at the seminary’s Recreation Aerobics Center (RAC) Sept. 10.
The training was scheduled so students and staff members could serve as authorized volunteers with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La. The government requires that all volunteers serving in restricted areas affected by Hurricane Katrina be certified. Those students who attended the training session, led by SBTC Disaster Relief Coordinator Gibbie McMillan, will serve in an SBTC feeding unit.
McMillan, who said that eight members of his family were displaced by the storm, said students would be providing help to the hurting. “This is not about you. This is about meeting people’s physical needs. They have lost everything,” McMillan said.
Students from Southwestern Seminary have been granted permission to miss one week of classes in order to work in the Gulf Coast region, Southwestern Seminary Executive Vice President and Provost Craig Blaising said. Students, however, are required to make up work missed and should consult with professors before departing for relief work.