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Rapid Response Ministry
The primary goal of our Rapid Response team is to show the love of Jesus Christ to disaster victims 48-72 hours after a disaster strikes anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. The means of meeting this goal will be through clearing debris, tarping roofs, gutting water-damaged homes, and salvaging personal property. These are the most basic immediate actions necessary to preserve property and livelihood. In so doing, the volunteers seek to build bonds with homeowners, community leaders, and other disaster relief organizations for immediate relief and in hope of laying a foundation for future disaster-recovery efforts.
In a matter of hours, victims are faced with many life-changing decisions and necessary actions that will affect their lives for years to come. The first week following a disaster is a critical window of opportunity for victims and disaster-relief workers to bond together for the good of a victim’s family and the strength of the community. Our Rapid Response team was created to be pivotal in such times.
Typically, it takes Eight Days of Hope 4-6 months to respond to a community’s disaster needs. This falls squarely in the second, and possibly the last wave of help. Until 2014, Eight Days of Hope was not been able to offer any immediate relief, only assistance in disaster recovery.
When a tornado hit Tupelo, MS, the hometown of Eight Days of Hope, local leaders saw firsthand the need for ministry immediately after a disaster strikes. The senior leadership team, including Steve Tybor, Wayne VanLandingham, and others, were inspired to take action along with many faithful Eight Days of Hope volunteers. Eight Days of Hope felt God leading us down the path of starting a new national disaster relief ministry, and that is how our Rapid Response arm was born.
To date, EDOH has responded to 38 disasters with our Rapid Response arm alone. We have seen God take the brokenness that surrounds a community and plant hope in thousands of lives through this response.
We would love for you to volunteer with us to experience it first hand! If you are interested in volunteering, please click the "get involved" button on the main page and enter your email address. We will contact you every time we have a trip!