We thank those in our network for their prayer support on behalf of the community of Portland, Michigan, following the devastation from a tornado that touched down this past Monday, June 22.
As we shared on Monday, the MARBC through its CPR (Church Partnering Relationship) initiative and the GARBC's Baptist Builder's Club-USA Disaster Relief program, under the leadership of Director Michael Nolan, are working together to coordinate assistance on behalf of the First Baptist Church and the greater Portland community.
We express our special thanks to BBC-USA Director Michael Nolan who was in Portland for over 3 days with the BBC-USA Disaster Relief vehicle and trailer. We are also grateful for the assistance of members from First Baptist Church in Lowell and Pastor Jon Pickens who helped with the clean-up on Wednesday.
Additional assistance from church crews had to be delayed on Thursday-Friday while demolition of the church tower and parts of brick exterior walls were razed for safety reasons.
It is anticipated that additional volunteers will be needed in the next few weeks for various projects. Please contact the MARBC-CPR ministry at the link below if you would like to assist and to share when you can be available.
First Baptist Church has located a temporary meeting place for Sunday services. The current church building and property will continue to undergo assessments in the coming weeks by structural engineers. They, in conjunction with the insurance adjusters and restoration crew, will determine the next steps for the church facility.
Prayer for First Baptist Church in Portland
Continue to pray for First Baptist Church in Portland as it deals with the aftermath of the tornado that demolished their facility. Be in prayer for relief efforts and opportunities to share Christ's love through the gospel.
First Baptist Church has been prominently featured in local news reports due to the historic nature of its building, the visibility of the church spire on the Portland skyline, and the recent celebration of the church's 175th anniversary three weeks prior to the tornado.