Southern Baptists are already headed to the Gulf Coast region as remnants of Hurricane Isaac continually disrupt the lives of an increasing number of residents.

By the weekend, a total of 36–40 Baptist relief units will have been deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi, said Bruce Poss, a disaster recovery coordinator at North American Mission Board offices in Alpharetta, Ga.

“Southern Baptists have responded as they have in the past with a lot of enthusiasm, in numbers to the disaster,” Poss said. “When people start hurting, [Southern Baptist Disaster Relief] shows up.”

Two feeding units from the Oklahoma State Convention already have left for Louisiana and a group of Texas Baptist Men will leave Friday morning to set up a feeding unit. Additionally, feeding units from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention are headed to First Baptist Church in Kenner and Gentilly Baptist Church in New Orleans, disaster recovery officials said. Chainsaw units also are being deployed.

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