June 2020
The Joshua Factor
Do you have a Joshua? Moses had watched, worked, taught and partnered with Joshua. So, after that unfortunate “rock smoting” incident that kept Moses out of the Promised Land, he wasn’t worried. Why? Because God revealed that Joshua would be Moses’ successor and lead the Israelites into the promised land (Deut 31:7). Moses knew exactly who would take the reins of his ministry. It was Joshua… Just as Paul had Timothy, or Yoda had Luke…

It’s a required part of the progression of things. It’s what makes things successful over time.
Disaster Relief is like that. Things change and our response has to change as well.

We are now looking at “Rapid Response Trailers” and localization of our responses to much smaller “disasters.” To do all that, it takes people. It takes lots of people. And if it is going to be done right, it will take lots of people all over the State. And, as much as I struggle to admit it, these people will have to be much younger than me. In 25 years, many of us (I include myself) will be “Home.” Who will be left to cross the Jordan to take the Promised Land?
The questions we all should be asking: Do I have anyone climbing aboard? Who in my circle of influence can I encourage to participate in DR? Am I willing to invest time in that person?

Someone once said, “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” And… you’re thinking to yourself, ”Ok, how would I do that?’ In early 2019, I asked my Pastor if I could put a paragraph in the weekly handout for church with a brief description of DR and my phone number. The response has been tremendous. We have trained chaplains, mass feeding folks and 15 of us pack food boxes every Saturday for COVID impacted families. The important part is ALL of these people are younger than me.

Who will your legacy include 25 years from now? Who will be your Joshua? If Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is going to take the Promised Land, that is what it’s going to take. There is a saying, “Great men (and woman) can usually be found standing on the shoulders of giants.” Today, you are our giants of service. Who will stand on your shoulders to continue the work?
Naomi's Notes: Ministry During Pandemic
When you live through a pandemic, we all become experts on this COVID-19. We must remember that for some, this pandemic is “just one more problem” in what seems a never-ending series of problems.

Our Prayer Line ministry reminds us that things are constantly changing and when we think we know everything we need to know, there’s probably one more thing we added to our repertoire of awareness.

Ministry During Pandemic is a guidance and training manual I wrote for chaplains and pastors for ministry during this time of pandemic. Chapters 5-12 are especially helpful during these days.

I was interviewed recently by Dr Patricia Murphy for American Baptist Home Mission Societies on this subject. You can tune in here.
Naomi Paget
 Director/Instructor, CSBCDR Chaplain Program
Feeling kinda blue… but wait!!!
As I once again, tripped over my disaster response “GO” bag sitting by the door, I let out an explosive sigh and was overwhelmed by feelings of irrelevance, of helplessness, all compounded by a severe case of cabin-fever. And it made me think of all of you, all of my CSBCDR colleagues and friends that I have been honored to serve with. I suspect you may be able to identify with me, maybe a little or maybe quite a lot.

How are all of you? How are you weathering the enforced time of rest, of non-involvement? Because that is not who we are, and that is certainly not what we are used to. So, here’s a thought: Let’s up our game while we are locked in the house. We can pursue online certifications for a myriad of skills that will make us more effective and better prepared when we are called to deploy.

Your writing team has researched online training opportunities that range from “First Aid/CPR/AED” through the Red Cross (see links below) to 3 months of free language instruction through Rosetta Stone, Online Cooking Classes, How to get your HAM Radio License, just to name a few! The links are all below and there are hundreds more out there. And we have not even begun to talk about all the non-disaster specific YouTube videos such as “How to Dance,” “How to replace the starter on a ‘56 Chevy,” “Creative Gardening Ideas.”

Us disaster folks like to go out and do, help, show up. And we will again. The wildfire predictions for the West are 160% of normal (Cal OES) and according to weather.com the hurricane season is predicted to be 150% of normal. We all will be called out to serve again, and soon. Don’t just be ready, BE PREPARED!

Free Foreign Language Instruction (6 different options)

Online Cooking Classes:

Mental Health Webinars (subjects include grief, loss, mental health during pandemic)

And my personal favorite:
Personal Preparedness - First Aid Kit
Although we are in the middle of the strangest disaster that the world has faced in the last 100 years, there are things the COVID-19 Pandemic has in common with our garden variety earthquakes, tornadoes, wind events: life still happens! So to that end, let’s review some of the most common over the counter medicines and a few basic first aid supplies that you should always have on hand:

  1. Pain Reliever – be it Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol, this is a staple that should always be on hand. Life is hard – it’s even harder when you have a headache!
  2. Allergy medicine – Benadryl, Zyrtec, or a generic – good to have around. Not only can it help control those pesky runny eyes and nose, it can also help the allergic reaction to but bites!
  3. Antacids/Anti-diarrheal – stomach upset and intestinal distress are nothing to sneeze at (see above!)
  4. Bandages – in all shapes and sizes. And don’t forget your…
  5. Topical antibiotic ointment. Yes, the claims are real, this reduces scarring and helps prevent infection. 
  6. Eye-wash – to help wash debris or foreign objects from your eye. 

The humble author of this article is NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so always read labels, and call your doctor if you have any questions if a medicine is appropriate for you. And always comply with dosage recommendations!

Be safe and be well, and we all are looking forward to serving again together!
Service During COVID-19
Don Biadog is a DR trained Chaplain who also serves as Chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7907 in Poway, CA. He has found ways to serve his community during this pandemic.

  • He spoke during the Memorial Day "Virtual" Service at El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, which was pre-recorded.

  • He led his VFW members to deliver foods to East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) in El Cajon. ECTLC works closely with the San Diego Southern Baptist Association (Mike Carlisle, DOM). The foods came from DR Chaplain Jerry Shirley's church in North San Diego and donation from COSTCO. 

Thank you to all our DR team members who are active servants during these difficult days.
To open or not to open… that is the question
COVID-19 has brought churches to a near standstill. Apart from live streaming, Zoom and conference calls, activity on church campuses is non-existent. That is beginning to end. Things are being left not to the Counties in California as to what can and cannot open. Soon, it will be the individual church’s decision. Below is some helpful information and exercises to help with the evaluation and decision making process.

FEMA’s Exercise Starter Kit
On May 12 th , 2020, FEMA released an   Exercise Starter Kit . The kit is designed to help organizations facilitate their own exercises, such as workshops and tabletop exercises, to examine their readiness for a range of threats and hazards. It is designed to help organizations across the whole community facilitate their own conversations in a virtual workshop format around planning considerations for reconstituting operations during COVID-19. The suggested discussion questions focus on four themes: People, Facilities, Messaging and Communications, and Resources and Logistics.

Our California Southern Baptist Convention has a helpful webpage with many COVID support resources .
DR Calendar
Chaplaincy (2 days, 16 hours total)
7/10-11 Online

Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA)*
8/15 Online

Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA)*
9/5 TBD Northern CA

Courses Sponsored by K-LOVE, taught by Naomi Paget:
CISM: Spiritual Psychological First Aid (TSA and ICISF)
9/1-2 Concord, CA

CISM: Advanced Individual Crisis Intervention
10/6-7 San Pedro, CA

CISM: Advanced Group Crisis Intervention
10/8-9 San Pedro, CA

*Meets requirement for NAMB DR Chaplain Endorsement

What!?!? Yes, it's true... we have catapulted our ability to train volunteers into the age of technology!! Naomi Paget has graciously offered to do more online training through Zoom. Since we don't know how long we will need to refrain from having large group gatherings, it makes sense to use the tools available to accomplish our training sessions remotely.

We will work on other potential classes to teach online, but for now our Chaplain courses are blazing the trail. We are learning how to navigate this new method, so please stay tuned for news on future classes to be available remotely.
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DR Director: Mike Bivins, 916-673-7622
Editor: Jayne McClung Bauer, DR Communications Coordinator, 707-689-4501
Contributors: Don Biadog, Dawn Fulkerson, Neils Johnson